STUDENTS from Worthing College are through to the UK finals of a science and engineering competition after their exciting project caught the eye of judges.

Six pupils, aged 17 to 19, from the will take their place in The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition.

The team was one of the winners of the regional heats at The Big Bang Fair South East with its project “Standardisation of Components within Tablet Manufacturing”. As part of this, the team had to design a system to identify each component of equipment used in the transfer and weight of Augmentin, an antibiotic. When the equipment is washed, all components need to be identified and put back together.

If a system is not in place, components can go missing and they are expensive to replace and this can halt production.

Beth Elgood, director of communications, EngineeringUK. said: “The team from Worthing College really impressed the judges with their project and we’re excited to see how they do at the finals.

“Going into its tenth year in 2018, The Big Bang Fair continues to be a great source of STEM inspiration for young people.

“Representing an amazing opportunity for young visitors, their teachers and parents, it allows everyone to get hands on with a wide range of activities, workshops and shows and engage in meaningful career conversations with professionals, all designed to bring classroom learning to life and inspire the next generation.”

The students are now invited to attend the competition finals, at The Big Bang Fair at Birmingham’s NEC in March.

There they will vie for top prizes including the coveted title of UK Young Engineer and GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year.

Worthing College celebrated its best results yet last year, with an A-level pass rate of 98.9 per cent and BTEC Level 3 pass rate of 97.3 per cent.