Bohunt School students reach the finals of national STEM competition

Winning team

Students from Bohunt School in Liphook, Hampshire, have been selected for the finals of the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge at the Science Museum in London on 13th March. This will be the second consecutive year in which Bohunt pupils have reached the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge finals.

The national competition, launched in September 2016 by BP, STEM Learning and the Science Museum, challenges UK students aged 11-14 to put their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills to the test by tackling real-world energy problems.

Schools from all over the country took part in the competition for a chance to win an Ultimate STEM experience day and £500 for their school.

This year, students were invited to use their creativity to design an energy efficient solution to one of three real-world challenges: Rescue Rockets, Future Flight or Auto Arms.

The students developed their best ideas for the Auto Arms Challenge, where they had to come up with an efficient design for a simple robot arm and gripper.
Stratianna Davi, science teacher at Bohunt School, said: “This is the second consecutive year in which Bohunt pupils have reached the finals of a National STEM competition. I am very proud of Anna, Louis and Dominic and of the way that they worked. I truly believe that opportunities like this can transform the lives of students; education must not inevitably reflect and reproduce existing ways of thinking, but should encourage individuals to explore their worlds creatively and apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Neil Strowger, Headteacher at Bohunt School, said: “We have a culture of innovation at Bohunt and we are always striving to push the boundaries in terms of encouraging our students in independent thinking. We work hard to offer students the chance to expand their experiences with industry experts and for three of our students to have reached the finals of the National STEM competition for the second year running is truly something to be proud of.”

Anna Holmwood, Louis Ridge-Mullen and Dominic Pitman said: “We are really looking forward to the finals and we are most looking forward to meeting the other students and being inspired by the models in the science museum. The project enabled us to expand our knowledge and have enjoyed working together as a team to work on the BP STEM challenge”.

Samantha Bulkeley, UK Schools Education Manager at BP, who sat on the judging panel, said: “I would like to congratulate all of the teams for getting through to the finals. We saw some fantastic projects this year.

The finalist entries really demonstrated how these young people used their innovation and strong STEM skills to help solve real-world design challenges. We look forward to seeing the students bring their projects to life at the finals in March.”

The six finalist teams will be presenting their work to an expert judging panel at the Science Museum on 13th March during British Science Week.

Following the presentations, the students will have the chance to participate in a day of fun science activities.