The engineering skills of a group of students earned them two awards at Big Bang South East.
Andrew Woods, Tom Jellicoe, Rania Bach-Ich and Isabel Summers (pictured), from Hazelwick School, won the Gatwick Airport Prize for Electronics and first place in the Junior Engineering/Technology category of the regional heats of the National Science + Engineering Competition (NSEC).
Their project, EnviROBOT, encouraged fellow students to not drop litter by making the bin fun and interactive.
It had an automatically-opening lid and also played music.
Judges at event at the Hawth last Tuesday (July 2) said the students showed “enthusiasm and understanding of a realworld context” and that they were “technically excellent for their age”.
Hazelwick deputy head, Matt Chalmers, said EnviROBOT - and another machine called ThermoSmart - were designed and built in the school’s STEMclub, which is run by teachers.
He added: “We’re really pleased with the students’ enthusiasm and use of maths and physics.”