Four pioneering Year 12 IB Physics students from The Royal High School in Bath have entered the Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition, which invites girls to solve the major challenges of the 21st century and to show how engineering makes a difference to people and the planet. Entrants are required to design originals solutions from scratch or research current engineering work then review, evaluate and present.

Genevieve, Honor, Charli and Clara decided to investigate how to reduce the amount of black plastic in landfill. Judged upon following the process, enthusiasm for tackling their challenge, innovative and creative thinking, and a high-quality final product, the Royal High School girls were awarded an impressive second prize in the 17-18 year old age category amongst over 300 entries.

Kate Williams, Head of Physics at the Royal High School, said, “We are incredibly proud of the girls who will now showcase their project at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair in Birmingham on 16 March. The girls also receive complimentary membership of the Women’s Engineering Society and exclusive visits to international giants PepsiCo and Rolls Royce, in July!”

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. It is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and careers information from STEM professionals. The fair gives young people the chance to hear from inspiring engineers and scientists from some of the UK’s biggest companies and to find out about the opportunities available in STEM.