Science Challenge winners from Chase Community School (left) and Greig Academy (right) with The Mayor of Enfield, Councilor Chaudry Anwar

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London proudly hosted the 'Haringey Science and Technology Challenge Day' (9 July), involving 60 students from Years 8 and 9 from across local secondary schools.

The challenge, organised by MCS Projects Ltd, saw students demonstrating their skills in making IQ robots and producing E-Fits with similar technology used by forensic scientists and the police.

The Mayor of Enfield, Councillor Chaudhury Anwar MBE, who was invited to watch the students in action presented certificates and trophies to the winners. Deeply impressed by the level of talent they exhibited, he said: "I am delighted to have witnessed the extraordinary talents delivered by young people within our community. It was a great opportunity to see aspiring scientists and engineers beginning to make their mark."

Supervised and judged by undergraduates from King's College London and Queen Mary University, the students were assessed on their planning, teamwork skills and overall quality of work.

John Waterworth, whose father founded the MCS project in Portsmouth 15 years ago, added: "The key aspect of this competition is to encourage young people to take on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and allow them to learn new things and compete in a fun and motivating environment."

College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London staff and students also inspired the schoolchildren by leading an activity on the on the operation of traffic lights controlled by electronic sequencing.

Jane O'Neill, Acting Principal and Chief Executive at the College said: "It was a pleasure to host such an inspiring event for students in schools that we already have close ties with. I'm certain these students will have a successful future in years to come."

The four winning students, two each from Greig Academy and Chase Community, will compete in the London finals in December 2013.

Other participating local schools included: Fortismere, Edmonton County and Northumberland Park.

'The Science and Technology Challenge Day' is a nation-wide contest that is organised by MCS each year.

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