UNIVERSITY Academy Birkenhead triumphed in an engineering challenge set by a nuclear plant operator to promote opportunities in manufacturing.
Pupils from 11 Merseyside and Cheshire schools took part in the Make it Enterprising event at Ellesmere Port’s Holiday Inn, supported by staff from the Capenhurst site of nuclear operator Sellafield.
The 13 and 14-year-olds were tasked with setting up their own mini-manufacturing firms to tackle various tasks, including designing a nuclear energy waste transport system and safety measures to keep the vehicle’s cargo safe.
Birkenhead took top prize, and Prenton High School for Girls was named as runner up.
Phoebe Riley, from Childwall Sports College, was named best designer.
Nick Welch, head of Capenhurst site, said: "It’s great to see so much enthusiasm from all the young people here."
University Academy will now progress to the regional final on June 23 to compete to be crowned North West Champions.