Parkwood pupils prove to be the cream of the crop in science

The Parkwood competition team
The Parkwood competition team

SCIENCE and engineering students at Parkwood took part in a national fair in London after winning their way through to the finals of a UK wide competition.

The students exhibited their work at the The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at the capital’s ExCel convention centre - and were praised by organisers for their project.

The team had paired up with Deutsch UK, an international firm based on the Castleham Industrial Estate in St Leonards which produces high-tech electrical parts which are used in, among other things, Eurofighter planes and Formula 1 cars.

Together with guidance from the firm’s staff, the team were set to work on a problem solving project called Filter Connector Assembly – Solder Preform Verification. The challenge involved coming up with a way of confirming solder performs - a part which filters out unwanted noise transmitted through wiring - were in place.

And the pupils performed with aplomb - much to the delight of Deutsch UK engineer Richard Crawford and other designers at the Hollington company.

A spokesman for the sixth form said: “The team is certainly to be congratulated for being selected to compete in the Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, since only one out of about 300 projects is chosen to do so.

“Indeed the organisers of the event, The British Science Association, note that the competitors are to be seen as ambassadors for science, technology, engineering and maths scheme are the cream of the crop in the country – their words, not ours.”