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National Science and Engineering Competition Finals 2010

28 March 2010

After getting through the regional heats last year James Buckley made a successful appearance at the National Science and Engineering Competition known as The Big Bang Fair in Manchester. James displayed and presented his A Level Design and Technology project (a multi beacon tracking device for Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition leaders) to a panel of judges. James even had to go through a \'Dragons\' Den\' style ordeal in front of a celebrity panel, which included BBC\'s Kate Bellingham, presenter of Tomorrow\'s World.

James scooped one of the prestigious Young Engineers for Britain prizes—The Duke of York\'s Award for Creative use of Electronics, winning a cut glass rose bowl trophy and £1000. He also won the Intel sponsored prize, which in addition to a trophy and cash prize of £250, includes includes an invitation to attend another competition in San Jose, California (the capital of Silicon Valley of course). James was also highly commended in the engineering and technology category of the overall National Science and Engineering competition (he did not even know he was in for this one!) and received another £150. £1400 worth of prize money in all.

Many dignitaries attended, including Lord Mandelson, and supported this celebration of the fantastic science, engineering and technology projects completed over the last year in schools across the country. James is currently in his first year at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge studying engineering. Well done, James!