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Kent school aiming to make a noise at the Big Bang

Pupils at a Medway school are celebrating after being invited to showcase their award winning idea for saving water and energy at a national science and technology fair.

The team from Fort Pitt Grammar School for Girls in Chatham saw off schools from across the South East to take top honours in Southern Water’s 2011 Water Design Challenge.

Their entry centred on a toilet flush device which would reduce the school’s annual water consumption by a third and cut their water bill for the year by £5,000.

As a result of their success, they have now been invited to take part in the Big Bang 2012, the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, or STEM for short, for young people in the UK.

The event in Birmingham in March is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors, giving the pupils from Fort Pitt a chance to promote their concept, as well as find out about the range of careers on offer for youngsters with an interest in STEM subjects.

Lauren Parmenter, aged 14, a member of the team from Fort Pitt, said:

“We are really excited to have been invited to the Big Bang.

“We have been developing our idea with the aim of turning it into a ‘real life’ product for sale across the UK and beyond, so we are hoping that we can attract some real interest at this event.

“It will also be great to see what other ideas people have come up with, and find out about what opportunities there are for people like me who are really passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths.”

Jon Crooke, Deputy Director of Southern Water’s metering programme, said:

“I have been blown away with the way the girls have taken things on since claiming the Water Design Challenge title a few months ago.

“They are really determined to take their idea from the drawing board and turn it into a product which you can buy at any DIY store, and Southern Water is working to support that effort.

“The Big Bang 2012 is a fantastic opportunity for them to show off their product and also for them to get a glimpse of what could lie ahead for them in the fields science and technology.”

Southern Water is installing 500,000 water meters for the majority of its customers across the South East to help secure water resources for the future.

You can find out more via www.southernwater.co.uk/metering or by calling the dedicated Metering Contact Centre on 0333 2003 012.

Southern Water recently launched the Aqua Innovation programme for schools which takes over from the Water Design Challenge.

Further information can be found at www.southernwater.co.uk/aquainnovation

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