Pupils go for glory at competition

The three winning teams from Monkseaton Middle School.

The three winning teams from Monkseaton Middle School.

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Pupils from a borough school have made it through to the finals of a national science competition.

The Monkseaton Middle School pupils are one step closer to science victory after winning a place in the finals of the UK’s prestigious National Science and Engineering Competition.

Hetti Vissenga, Kate Denholm, Natalya Moorehouse, and Abbie Beckett excelled in the heats of the competition where they explored the idea of badgers spreading tuberculosis and if they should be culled.

Charlotte Lee, Katie Shipley and Jessica Thompson also excelled in the heats with their project that looked into the idea that the colour and flavour of cupcakes can affect the overall choice we make.

And Millie Crews, Caitlin Gray and Holly Thompson examined how the surface may affect the amount of bacteria placed upon it.

All of these successful pupils 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 science honours for young people.