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Global science competition winners meet prime minister

11:51 14 June 2014

David Cameron with students

David Cameron with students

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Teenagers received by David Cameron at 10 Downing Street

Teenagers from a Canterbury school who won a global technology competition run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) have met the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.

The reception, hosted by David Cameron, celebrated the success of the UK’s entrepreneurial and technology sector.

The three competition winners were invited to represent the future of technology and engineering talent in the UK.

Team Invicta – made up of Oli English, 15, Emma English, 15 and Carlos Purchase-Galarza, 14, – won the national final of the UK IET First Lego League (FLL) competition and went on to be named world champions at the World Lego Festival in America in April.

The aim of the competition is to introduce young people to the excitement of science, technology and engineering.

Nigel Fine, IET chief executive, said: “Our mission is to inspire the next generation of engineers to fill the 87,000 engineering and technology vacancies predicted in this thriving sector each year over the next ten years.

“Competitions like the IET First Lego League play a vital role in encouraging more young people to study maths and physics – and pursue a career in engineering and technology.

“It was a well-deserved honour for the young winners of this year’s competition to go to No. 10.

“It also sends a strong message that the government values both its home grown engineering and technology talent – and initiatives to help develop young people’s skills and enthusiasm in this area.”

Team Invicta’s win means that a UK team has secured the top prize in the global competition for the second year running, proving that there is no shortage of raw engineering and technology talent in the UK.

The team impressed judges at the final of the global competition after designing innovative wristbands that use radio waves to track civilians buried under earthquake rubble.

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