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Cookstown High School, Cookstown

National Science and Engineering Competition Finalists

28th Apr 2016

Six Students travelled to Birmingham to compete in the Finals of National Science and Engineering Competition.

The competition was held in the NEC as part of the Big Bang Fair which is the biggest celebration of Science , Technology, Engineering and Maths in the UK.  The event aims to inspire young scientists and engineers by demonstrating how technology is used in the real world and encouraging then to develop their own innovative ideas.

The school had a team in both and science and engineering categories.

ReThinkYourDrink is a scientific project undertaken by a Kirstyn Cuddy and Emma Halliday in association with their Chemistry Class over the past year.  The team carried scientific analysis of the sugar content in the most popular drinks among their friends.  The team’s results attracted a lot of attention during the competition with the topic if a #SugarTax being a very hot new topic.  The girls very highly commended on their work by all who visited their stand, and now aim to continue their research with the hope of analysing the quantities and effects of other soft drinks contents including caffeine.

#PiView is a computing and engineering project that a team of 4 boys. Tj Lindsay, Simon Paine, Roan Anderson and Jack Scott have been working at over the past 16 months.    The team have placed an Automous Weather Station on the side of Slieve Gallion which feeds live weather data and Images to the web.  The weather station is powered by a solar panel constructed by the pupils and contains a RaspberryPi computer.  Their  live data feed can be viewed at The pupils project attracted significant interest from engineering and communications companies during the event and the team have been encouraged to continue developing their project.  Over the coming months the team intend to upgrade the weather sensing equipment and investigate the manufacture of a vertical wind turbine to power the weather station.

The teams did not on this occasion win any of the National Prizes but as Northern Ireland representatives Cookstown High School are very proud of innovative work of these pupils.

The teams were mentored by Mrs Meagan Stewart (Chemistry) and Mr Robert Johnston (ICT).

The teams would like to thank the CDE Global, LCC Power and Performance Nutrition Plus for their valuable team sponsorship and support.