Isle of Benbecula pupil goes for science and engineering glory

Erin will go head to head with other students from across the country at the next stage of the competition.

Erin will go head to head with other students from across the country at the next stage of the competition.

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A talented pupil from Sgoil Lionacleit in Benbecula is one step closer to science victory after winning a place in the finals of the UK’s prestigious National Science + Engineering Competition.

Erin Warner excelled in the heats of the Competition with a project measuring zooplankton samples, in order to assess whether there is enough food for the sandeel population in the Wee Bankie area of the Firth of Forth.

She will now go head-to-head with students from across the country in an attempt to claim one of the UK’s most sought-after engineering honours for young people.

Erin will now represent Scotland as a region of rising young talent at the finals of the National Science + Engineering Competition held at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair at The NEC, Birmingham in March – the UK’s largest celebration of science and engineering for young people.

There, Erin’s shortlisted entry will be showcased to over 75,000 visitors and she will come face-to-face with top celebrity judges in a Dragons’ Den style pitch process.

Erin said: “I’m thrilled my project has made it into the finals of this year’s National Science + Engineering Competition and I can’t wait to get to The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham this March!

“It’s been an interesting challenge thinking about science in a new light and coming up with something that can help enhance people’s everyday lives.”

Imran Khan, Chief Executive of the British Science Association which runs the National Science + Engineering Competition, commented: ”I am thrilled that Erin has got through as a finalist and I wish her all the best for the national finals at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.

“This project really caught the imagination of the judges and I hope that it inspires other young people to enter the Competition next year.”