Whalley schoolgirls aim for top science prize

Oakhill College STEM girls (from left) Isabelle Pugh, Ruby Rigg and Phoebe Hawks  Year 7
Oakhill College STEM girls (from left) Isabelle Pugh, Ruby Rigg and Phoebe Hawks Year 7
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Three science-mad girls from Whalley’s Oakhill College are among the country’s top six schools competing for a national prize.

Year Seven pupils (from left) Isabelle Pugh, Ruby Rigg and Phoebe Hawks will be at the Science Museum, London, next Monday (March 23rd) for the grand final of the BP STEMNET Challenge for teams aged 11 to 14.

The competition, in its inaugural year, is designed to help pupils decide whether they want to choose science, technology, engineering and maths subjects (STEM) for their GCSEs and beyond.

There were three challenges centred on keeping warm, keeping hydrated and keeping cool, and the students were asked to create a short film or presentation to showcase their project. The Oakhill team chose “Keeping Cool.”

Their teacher Sandra Stagg said: “They worked incredibly well as a team, with each girl contributing their own ideas and skill sets to the project to tackle the problem.”

Isabelle Pugh said: “I have enjoyed the teamwork with my friends and the experiments were interesting and have helped us all with our Science. I am excited about the next stage.”

Ruby Rigg said: “Im very excited to be able to represent my school. It has been a fun project and I am looking forward to presenting our project to other schools”

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