Swansea University students ace STEM competition

Six postgraduate students at Swansea University have reached the Welsh regional finals of the 2018 Famelab technology and science competition.

The Swansea heat took place at the National Waterfront Museum in partnership with Oriel Science Cafe, where the students tackled STEM topics such as solar cells and volcanos.

Twelve students took part in the Swansea final, meaning the competition was fierce. They had just three minutes to impress the judges and demonstrate their understanding of STEM.

During the Swansea heat, the judges were Tim Rutter, head of communications at Tata Steel; Dr Tim Cockerill, zoologist and circus performer; and Dr Ruth Callaway, SEACAMS research officer at Swansea University.

The winners were Tim Savage, Elizabeth Evans, Carla Carisi, Mark White, Laura O’Dea and Alexander Riches. They spoke about a range of areas, including nanotechnology, medicine, engineering and sports science.

Representing Swansea University, they’ll now go on to take part in the regional final. It’s set to take place at the National Waterfront Museum on Wednesday, February 28th.

Once the regional final is over, a winner will be chosen to participate in a mandatory masterclass. This individual will then have the chance to take place in the UK national final.

It’ll be held at London’s Science Museum on April 25th. Finally, the national winners will be sent to the Cheltenham Science Festival in June to battle it out for the FameLab International Champion 2018 title.

“All are welcome to come along and watch the Wales regional final, to witness challengers from the Swansea and Cardiff heats give the performance of their lives,” said the university.