Friends united at hi-tech awards

PUBLISHED: 06:08 06 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:05 24 May 2010

Joe Spear and TIm Haines.

Joe Spear and TIm Haines.

STUDENTS are celebrating after being recognised as real computer whizzkids. Joe Spear and Tim Haines, who attend Priory Community School in Worle, came second in the British Association Crest Awards competition. The year 11 students' entry focused on im

STUDENTS are celebrating after being recognised as real computer whizzkids. Joe Spear and Tim Haines, who attend Priory Community School in Worle, came second in the British Association Crest Awards competition. The year 11 students' entry focused on improving the way lessons are taught in schools by using computer technology.They researched current technology such as interactive whiteboards, data projectors and the teachers' use of laptops in the classroom. They also suggested how new products such as podcasts, personal digital assistance and advanced mobile phones could be used in lessons.Joe and Tim, aged 15, created a DVD explaining their research and made a presentation at the awards ceremony in Bath where they received a silver award and four merits. Their website can viewed at: www.priorytechnology.uk.ttThe contest was run by the British Association of Science in conjunction with Rolls Royce.Other Priory students also performed well at the awards, which attracted entries from 27 schools from across the South West.Year 11 students Kate Fuller, Vicky Wilson, Kirsty Wilson and Alex Oddy came sixth and won a silver award with two merits for their project on podcasting while year nine students Emma and Sophie Harding won a bronze award for their design and technology project on healthy eating.Priory headteacher Ron Richards said: "We're very proud of the students' achievements. The judges said Tim and Joe's project was very mature and beyond their years. Special mention must go to our teacher Tina Bryant-Cordaro who spent a lot of extra time with the students to help them with their research.

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