Girls’ detector life test box sets them up for £50,000 final

A group of students from Burgess Hill will represent the South East in a prestigious national competition in March.

Avalon Ridler, Lauren Hayes, Eleanor Armitage and Helena Dodd will be attempting to win the Senior Science/Maths award in the National Science + Engineering Competition.

The finals take place during The Big Bang: UK Scientists and Engineers Fair, at ExCel, London, from March 14-17, and more than £50,000 worth of prizes are on offer, including cash awards and overseas trips.

The students earned the right to represent the South East by winning the NSEC regional heat at the Big Bang South East fair in Crawley last July with their project “Photo Detector Life Test Box”.

The group was asked by a local company to design and make a box to test photo detectors that would fit a range of different-sized detectors and be light-tight, and judges praised the Burgess Hill School for Girls team highly.