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KM Bright Spark Awards judge pays tribute to finalists at science contest staged by KM Charity Team at Discovery Park, Sandwich

By Liz Nicholls

A judge from the KM Bright Spark Awards has bid pupils good luck for the competition final being staged tomorrow at Discovery Park, Sandwich.

KM Bright Sparks Award judge Graham Heritage of Megger.
KM Bright Sparks Award judge Graham Heritage of Megger.

Young boffins from schools across the county will enter the dragons’ den on Friday, July 7 to compete for the title of KM Bright Spark Awards Champions 2017.

Eleven teams of pupils are set to pitch projects showcasing their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to a panel of dragons in front of an audience of their peers. The youngsters submitted the most impressive entries for the annual science contest and will have to keep their cool at the exciting final where they will give presentations of their work and field questions from the judges.

A range of prizes will go to the top teams in the Innovation, Invention and Investigation competition categories including trophies and ‘money can’t buy’ experiences. The overall champions’ will receive the top prize of £500.

Finalists will be looking to impress a panel of experts including representatives from Astro Communications Ltd, Benenden Hospital Trust, Integrated Technologies Ltd, Pfizer, Golding Vision, Prendon Panels Ltd, BAE Systems, Global Associates, and Megger.

Graham Heritage of Megger said: “We have some great staff in production, manufacturing and engineering but we always need more of the right talent and we believe there’s great value in developing this talent at an early age. I’m tremendously proud to be part of the KM Bright Spark Awards’ judging team this year. There are some fantastic entries and I wish you all the best of success.”

Simon Dolby, chief executive of the KM Charity Team which runs the awards, said: “We are thrilled to have such a wealth of experience and knowledge on our judging panel, although they really have their work cut out for them with this year’s incredible finalists. I can’t wait to see which teams really step up their game under the pressure of a live presentation and subsequent grilling by our dragons!”

The KM Bright Spark Awards competition is open to teams of pupils from primary or secondary school using any combination of skills in maths, IT, science and engineering subjects.

Find out more about the KM Bright Spark Awards at www.kmcharityteam.co.uk and click on the ‘Education’ link or click HERE.

Organisations interested in getting involved with the 2018 event should contact Simon Dolby at sdolby@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 0844 264 0291.

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