On 12th March 2014, 15 year 10 students from Noadswood took part in the Sci-tech Challenge held at the Fawley Refinery. This is a yearly, Europe-wide STEM event organised by ExxonMobil and Junior Achievement – Young Enterprise. Six schools from the local area and Leatherhead competed in the first round at Exxon and the challenge was to design a new transportation system for Europe. It had to be environmentally friendly, safe to use and more efficient than the current system.
The best team of 5 from each school was chosen to present their proposal to a panel of judges (including the refinery manager) and all other students. Unfortunately Noadswood’s team in the final (Robbie Shaw, Kyle Thompson, Adam Hazell, Josh Davies, Charlie Rutherford) did not win this year and missed the chance to compete in the European final in Woking (McLaren F1 headquarters)
The teams found the day at Exxon to be a challenging but very enjoyable experience. It was a great opportunity to get an insight into STEM careers, culminating in a tour of the refinery.
In the same event last year a team of year 10 girls made it to the final in Milan.
Other students taking part from Noadswood were Harvey Pinchin, Emma Plowman, Reem Aboushosha, Harrison Rusdale, Sam Dale, Alex Hall, Harry Dale, Ardonnique Da Santos, Sergio Adamon, Daniel Langler St-Pierre