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UK students take on the world at science fair
Linden Webster, one of the students heading to ISEF
Two students from the UK are set to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) at Portland, Oregon at the beginning of May. The two students, Linden Webster and Mary McGeown, jointly won the Intel ISEF Prize at the BA CREST Science Fair in London back in February.

Linden Webster from Beeslack Community High School, Penicuik won the prize for her project looking at the discrimination of violin qualities through frequency time analysis. This involved examining violins of varying qualities to determine their attributes, and to identify common features of the superior instruments. Mary McGeown from Sacred Heart Grammar School, County Down looked at the chemical processing of prawn shell waste for her project.

Hopes are high for the two British students when they compete against students from across the globe at the Intel ISEF contest from 9-15 May.

“It’s an amazing achievement for students to reach this stage,” says Sharmila Banerjee, Young People’s Programme Manager at the BA. “The judges at the BA CREST Science Fair were very impressed by the level of the girls’ projects, and we are all hoping they will be as successful in the US. It’s a chance for them to be ambassadors for the future of UK science.”

Keep your eye on the news section of the BA website to find out how the girls get on in the US.