In a year when athletics takes centre stage, there is a great demand for training grounds and stadiums with good quality turf. Major football matches can also be won and lost on the state of the pitch.
So the challenge that industrial gases and engineering company BOC set for its Year 12 schools competition this year was to find a way of speeding up grass growth with the help of gases.
And it was Farnborough Sixth Form College that came up with the best solution in the final held today (Wednesday 21) at BOC’s Guildford offices. The team investigated the effects of temperature and carbon dioxide on growth rates and developed proposals for commercial scale applications of their scientific results.
Farnborough’s Katie Ashworth said: “It was a great experience but very challenging! We’re all delighted to have won!”
BOC has a long-standing involvement with education at all levels – from primary schools through to Higher Education. The schools challenges have been running for more than 30 years. The Year 12 competition addresses the challenges of science in the real world of business with students being asked to devise a business plan to market their ideas to potential customers.
Mike Dennis, Business Director – Bulk and Packaged Gases, explained: “Our business is based in science and engineering. We provide products and services to just about every part of British life – from ship and car manufacture, through medical gases and food packaging to the helium for party balloons. All those products and applications rely on technology which is why we are so keen to introduce school students to the wonders of science. All this year’s entries were of an exceptional standard and I congratulate Farnborough for winning the Challenge.”