Mayfield pupils take top award in national finals
A TEAM of students from Mayfield School have won a prestigious national STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) competition.
Team RenewAbus were crowned champions at the Solutions for the Planet Big Ideas Competition.
The team was made up of Year 7, 8 and 9 students, Harry, Josie, Lois, Valentino, and Maddie.
The pupils designed a totally self-sufficient bus that runs entirely on renewable energy resources, including solar, wind and kinetic.
As part of the final, students had to hand in their formal business plan and give a five minute presentation followed by a question and answer session. To prepare for this the team met Donna Jones, of Portsmouth City Council. who was excited by RenewAbus, design and the help it could provide to support the council with their their ‘Cough Cough Engine Off’ campaign.
The team saw off competition from an initial 4000 pupils with 63 students shortlisted for the final.
Harry commented: ‘The whole project has really opened our eyes to the world around us and the potential disasters that the human race is facing. We all need to do something to reduce carbon dioxide levels and so help slow down and stop global warming.’