Big bang glory for student in national science competition

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A TALENTED pupil is one step closer to a science victory after winning a place in the finals of the UK’s National Science + Engineering Competition.

Portsmouth High School student Jasmine Cutler excelled in the heats and 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.

To become a finalist Jasmine researched a substance containing a gene for green fluorescent protein that can be introduced into chicken embryos.

It can be used to highlight certain cells in the early stages of development.

Jasmine said: ‘I’m thrilled my project has made it into the finals of the National Science + Engineering Competition and I can’t wait to get to The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.

‘It’s been a lot of fun thinking about science and engineering in a new 
light and coming up with something 
that can help enhance people’s everyday lives.’

Jasmine will now represent the south east region at the finals where her short-listed entry will be showcased to more than 75,000 visitors and she will come face-to-face with top celebrity judges in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch process.