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New Forest Aiming For European Glory

posted May 19, 2016, 8:33 AM by Dan McEvoy   [ updated May 20, 2016, 12:43 AM by Richard Sparks ]
The team are, left to right, Jessica Cavanagh, Isaac Dyer, Polly Stephens, Caitlin Legg and Dylan Gillespie-Birch
(Photo courtesy of J Stock Photography)

An innovative team of students from New Forest Academy in Hampshire is celebrating after winning a place in the Grand Finale of the 2016 European Sci-Tech Challenge.

The five strong team were crowned UK champions in February when they saw off stiff competition from 100 other students. In the second stage they took part in an online challenge against teams from Belgium, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania and Russia. Their task was to come up with ways to dramatically reduce Brussels' traffic congestion  in a fuel and cost-effective way. The New Forest Academy students were chosen, along with teams from Romania and Belgium.

Sharon Crowe, Head of Science at New Forest Academy, said: "This is such a wonderful achievement and we are all so proud of the students. They worked incredibly hard in their online challenge and came up with some great ideas. They fully deserve to have got so far."

We wish New Forest Academy  every success when they travel to Brussels for the European Grand Finale on Wednesday 25 May.