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AT A TIME when school funding is making headlines, one group of enterprising students at Liverpool Life Sciences UTC have taken matters into their own hands.
The three pupils, Michael Groom, Sean Groom and David Callow, found a way to bring a complex bit of equipment into classrooms at a fraction of the costy.
They have been announced as The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition senior finalists, after entering their project under the title "Designing A Cloud Chamber".
The team set out to design and build a diffusion chamber that could serve as a piece of classroom equipment for the physics department.
Commonly known as a cloud chamber, it is used to detect ionising particles - and so visualise the effect of ionising particles such as alpha or beta, which are invisible to the human eye.
The kit would usually cost several thousand pounds to buy - a price tag which puts it out of reach of most schools, despite its value as a demonstrations and teaching tool.
By comparison, the cloud chamber designed by the Liverpool Life Sciences UTC team cost less than PS200.
The team won at the North West heats of The Big Bang Fair and will find out if they've been successful in the national final at The Big Bang Fair next year.
The originality of their work caught the attention of judges at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition, an annual campaign that aims to recognise and reward great work done by young people in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem).
Beth Elgood, from EngineeringUK, said: "The team at Liverpool Life Sciences UTC really impressed us with their project - and we're excited to see how they do at the fair.
"Going into its tenth year for 2018, The Big Bang Fair continues to be a great source of Stem inspiration for young people, representing an amazing opportunity for young visitors, their teachers and parents to engage in meaningful career conversations with professionals and take part in interactive workshops, as a means of bringing classroom learning to life and inspiring the next generation."
The pupils will be invited to attend the competition finals, which are taking place at The Big Bang Fair at Birmingham's NEC in March.
Here, they will vie for top prizes including the coveted titles of UK Young Engineer and GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year.