Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Eve hopes her fire safety design will strike gold in young scientists contest

A Grosvenor Grammar School pupil is top of the class after winning a place in the finals of the 2012 National Science and Engineering Competition.

Eve McLelland excelled in the regional heats of the competition with her design for a fire safety product that immediately identifies emergency routes within a large building.

The Belfast pupil will now go head-to-head against students from across the country in a bid to claim one of the UK's most prestigious science and engineering honours for young people.

Eve's invention will be presented to over 30,000 people at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair in The NEC, Birmingham, next March.

She said: "I'm so proud that my project has made it into the finals of the National Science and Engineering Competition. It's a great achievement and I can't wait to get to The Big Bang in Birmingham next year.

"The competition really encouraged me to think about science and engineering in a new light and helped me to realise what fun I could have."

Sir Roland Jackson, chief executive of the British Science Association, which runs the National Science and Engineering competition, added: "Eve's entry shows just how exciting and extraordinary science and engineering can really be. We're thrilled that Eve has got through as a regional finalist and wish her all the best for the national finals at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.

"Her project really caught our imagination and we hope that it inspires other young people to enter the competition."

Eve is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Coleraine student Hannah Eastwood who was last year named the UK Young Scientist of the Year in the 2011 National Science and Engineering Competition.

For more information about this year's competition visit www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/ and keep an eye on Eve's progress.

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