Students show their enthusiasm for STEM at Bright Spark Awards

On Friday 5th July, schools from across Kent and London gathered at Discovery Park in Sandwich to compete centre stage at the 2019 Bright Spark Awards.

Business Development Manager, Tom Ackrill and Marketing Coordinator, Becky Lipscombe represented ITL Group (a G&H company) at the ‘dragons-den’ style event organized by the KM Charity Team and Inspire Schools.

The 13 finalists were challenged on their projects by a panel of judges before announcing the overall winner. Alongside ITL, the judging panel comprised of representatives from Discovery Park, Pfizer R&D UK Ltd, BAE Systems, Megger, Golding Vision, Kent Renewable Energy, Global Associates, Atkins Global and Apogee Skills.

A grand prize of £500 was awarded to a team of 8 students from the Tenterden Schools Trust for their Preserving Biodiversity project, which aimed to increase biodiversity across the schools’ sites and in Tenterden town centre.

Alongside the overall winners, each judge was able to award an experience prize to the project of their choice. ITL was pleased to award its experience prize to Molly and Lucy from Simon Langton Girls Grammar School for their fascinating project investigating the radioactive properties in tea.

Tom Ackrill, ITL Business Development Manager said,

“The calibre of students we saw this year was really the best I think we’ve ever seen, certainly in terms of the breadth and depth of subjects that were on display. ITL are proud to act as sponsors of the Bright Sparks event and we look forward to our continued relationship in the years to come.”

Robert Crook from Pfizer commented on the importance of the awards in inspiring a new wave of talent for Britain’s tech-based industries. He said,

“Events like these are critical for the future of the country. We talked with ITL this morning about the challenges of getting good-quality engineers into the industry, particularly in smaller companies.” He added, “by 2030, we’ll be a million engineers short in the UK.”

ITL Marketing Coordinator, Becky Lipscombe said,

“2019 marks our third-year sponsoring the awards and each year the competition gets better and better. It was great to see a more diverse group of students competing as previous years have seen a higher number of male entries, so it’s been fantastic to see more girl power at this year’s competition.”

ITL is proud to sponsor the Bright Spark initiative, to find out more about the event or how to get involved, visit the Inspire Schools website here.

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