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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