Spalding students through to final of Longitude Explorer competition

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Spalding High School pupils have gained a place in the national final of the Nesta Longitude Explorer Competition.

Longitude Explorer Prize is a youth-focused challenge which aims to provide a practical education opportunity to link young people to the history of Longitude while supporting them to develop science, technology, engineering and maths skills for the 21st century.

A school spokesman said: “The competition is an excellent opportunity for young people to utilise data sent directly from satellites. As satellite technology continues to be pertinent to every area of our lives, this challenge is relevant to many core subjects, not just science. It presents students with the exciting prospect of engaging with satellite data as developers and inventors, rather than just end uses.”

Two teams of Year 7 and 8 students got through to the final, making their success even more exceptional as the contest is open to students up to Year 11.

Science teacher Mrs Haunch said: “I am very proud of these exceptional young ladies and incredibly excited too! This opportunity really has tested them. Not only did they need to come up with a great idea but they have also had to consider so many factors such as design, marketing and cost.”

The final is in November.