Priory student reaches technology challenge national final
PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 August 2017
Students at a Worle secondary school have been given the chance to learn more about careers in science and maths, an area in which one pupil has already excelled.
Priory Community School took a group of students to a Big Bang science event, where they could make cells glow under microscopes, create bath bombs and rebuild a computer.
There is a national shortage in the number of students learning STEM subjects, which are science, technology, engineering and maths.
But Priory, in Queensway, is promoting how students can make careers out of science and technology.
Neville Coles, executive principal of the Priory Learning Trust which runs the academy, said: “We want to give students the very best in activities and experiences to help them choose high-flying careers. Maths and science are key areas.”
One student who has already proved to have a talent for science has reached the national final of the Technology, Design and Innovation Challenge.
Will Bailey beat hundreds of students from across the country who submitted GCSE, A-level and BTEC coursework to the Manufacturing Technologies Association.
The competition gives students the chance to showcase their work and understand more about manufacturing and engineering.
His project called No Amp Speaker was praised by the judges for its retro design.
The judges said: “We were really pleased with the potential commercial viability of the project.”
Mr Coles said: “A big well done to Will. I was at the final and he did amazing.
“He has an excellent career ahead of him and is a fantastic ambassador for Priory.”