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Crawley duo bid for national science awards



Students from a Crawley school are in the running to win a prestigious national award this week.

Daniel Clark and Tyler Whiteoak, both aged 14, were runners-up in the Junior Science category at the regional awards for their project ‘Bacterial Growth in Light’. They exposed samples of bacteria from saliva to different wavelengths from the electromagnetic spectrum.

The pair, from Oriel High School, will take the project to the national Big Bang Fair, at the NEC, Birmingham.

The coveted titles of GSK UK Young Scientist and UK Young Engineer of the Year 2017 are among the awards on offer.

Oriel teacher Michael Doyle said that since the regional Big Bang, the boys had been working hard to investigate the effects of light on bacteria.

“They have enjoyed using equipment and learning extra laboratory skills that are not in the curriculum,” he said.

“It has been fantastic to see students thinking creatively about methodological problems regarding their procedure. They are excited about their findings and how they can be applied to the real world.”

“It’s a fantastic project and I’m sure Dan and Tyler will do the school proud in the national awards.”


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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’

Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.



Yellow warnings for snow in Crawley have been issued by the Met Office until Wednesday. Photo: MetOffice

Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.

Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.

A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”

A further update will be issued later today.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

WSCC have offered some general advice including:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.

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