WIGAN pupils have won a national educational challenge.
The youngsters from Ashton’s St Edmund Arrowsmith High beat seven other British schools in the BOC year nine science competition.
Students were awarded a prize and a trophy at the final at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester by bosses at BOC, a provider of industrial, medical and specialist gases.
The aim of the challenge was to provide a stimulating extra-curricular activity for students looking to broaden their understanding of science and technology.
The Ashton pupils were asked to calculate the school’s carbon footprint and come up with new initiatives to reduce it.
They were given eight weeks to complete the task and produce a report highlighting the areas they could improve the footprint and to carry out experiments to collect data on the efficiency of the methods detailed.
Deputy headteacher Paul Eyes said he couldn’t be more proud of the six winning students.
He said: “They did really well as the pupils only had one week to prepare a presentation and poster highlighting their ideas and findings and present this presentation to a panel of judges and the other schools at the competition final.”
The pupils involved were Ella frost, Katie Garth, Thomas Judge, Philip Anderson, Ellie Callaghan and Ryan Krzyzaniak who are all aged 13 or 14.
Mr Eyes said: “They worked solidly on the report and organised themselves as a very efficient team, allocating work fairly and sticking to agreed deadlines.
“This effort shows in the result but also in the comments from the judges of ‘Mature, outstanding, comprehensive, innovative, and thorough’.”
A BOC spokesman for BOC said: “Congratulations goes to St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School, who won this year’s challenge, producing not only a stunning report, but also providing example methods of experiments they conducted.
“They explored use of alternative technologies, interestingly the use of the product fibrefrax, a more efficient insulation material for water pipes and heating systems.”
The standard of their work was described by judges as being not dissimilar to that produced at A-level.