Worthing College students up for prestigious award

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TWO talented pupils from Worthing College have reached the final of the prestigious National Science + Engineering competition.

Sophie Barrett’s project aimed to discover whether there is a relationship between age and the relative expression of genes LCav1 and LCav2, as this could be a potential cause of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Jacob Pennels’ project saw him design and develop a computer application in the form of a game aimed at encouraging young children with arm injuries to complete their physiotherapy exercises.

The pair, who both excelled in the heats of the competition, 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 and engineering honours for young people.

They will attend the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair at The NEC, in Birmingham, next week. Their entries will be showcased to over 60,000 visitors and they will come face-to-face with top celebrity judges in a Dragons’ Den style pitch process.