Young scientist scoops top title

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A TOP young scientist from Scorton is celebrating after scooping a prestigious title in a national competition to find the country’s up and coming Einsteins.

Thea Hesketh, 10, from Scorton has been named L’Oreal Young Scientist of the Year at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London.

The Scorton CE Primary School pupil was picked out from 20 finalists after impressing a panel of judges from the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre with her design and development skills.

The event involved teams of budding scientists taking part in a project to design, build & test their own ‘High Velocity Eggsporter’ - a vehicle that will carry an egg at high velocity and prevent it from breaking on impact.

Thea said: “I’m really pleased that our team won. We used straws on the floor of our model car to reinforce it and make it stronger”

As part of the prize, Thea has been invited on an all expenses paid trip to visit L’Oréal’s research and development laboratories in Paris.

The competition was held to mark the first anniversary of the centre which has welcomed over 25,000 students, aged between seven to 18, in the past 12 months.

The centre has provided teachers and pupils the oppportunity to take part in a wide range of practical experiments outside the classroom, from discovering their own genetic code to creating their own shampoo.

David Porter, manager of the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre at the RI and former physics teacher said: “The potential of the students that have attended the centre in its first year has been truly impressive. Resources such as the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre at The Royal Institution are vital to nurture this talent and provide students with the hands on experience necessary to encourage the pursuit of science as a career.”