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WEB WHIZ KIDS PEER INTO FUTURE

Added: (Tue Sep 25 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - 25 September 2001

"Future Makers", "Vertebronics" and "Bio-atomic Construction" are just some of the futuristic names UK schools have suggested to replace the word "engineering" in the 21st century.

Competing in the EPSRC Science Race
2001 web-building contest, schools from around the country were invited to design and build a website showing their ideas on the future of engineering, including proposals for a new name to reflect both modern high tech and traditional elements.

With judging now complete, five schools have been selected to attend the finals at the Institution of Electrical Engineers in London on 3 October. The five finalists are:

Queen Anne High School-Dunfermline, Fife
Fairlands Middle School-Cheddar, Somerset
Ysgol Y Gwendraeth-Carmarthenshire
Harton-South Shields, Tyne and Wear
Girvan Academy-South Ayrshire

Each team will present its website and vision of the future to a judging panel made up of industry experts, and an overall winner will be announced. This year's judges include Professor Brian Johnson (Cambridge University), Dr Peter Radley (Chairman of Alcatel UK, the competition sponsors), David Dowle (Head of External Relations, Institution of Electrical Engineers), Jill Durdin (Head of Copyright Enquiries, Patent Office) and David Marks (architect of The London Eye).

Organised by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and supported by leading telecommunications supplier Alcatel, the web-building contest is part of the popular Schools' Science Race, an annual competition designed to encourage young people to get more involved in science and engineering.

Geoff Moore, EPSRC’s Head of Public Awareness, says the standard of entries has been exceptional.

"These websites show real imagination in tackling what is a highly complex subject - the future of engineering in the 21st century. We've been impressed by the ideas and technical skill shown by all entries. Selecting the five finalists to go to London in October was a difficult task."

For further information
Peter Prowse,Prowse & Co, 01372 363386, email peter@prowse.co.uk
Simon Goldsworthy, Project Co-ordinator, 020 8994 2093, email epsrcquiz@aol.com
Geoff Moore, EPSRC, 01793 444241, email geoffrey.moore@epsrc.ac.uk

Note to editors
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) promotes and supports research and skills development in engineering and the physical sciences, for the benefit of industry in the UK and the research base. It also has the role of promoting public awareness of science, engineering and technology. It is the largest of the Government funded UK research councils, with an annual budget of around 400 million. The Schools' Science Race has become one of the major highlights of its programme of activities for schools.

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