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Posted on: 30/07/2015

Teen Tech - July 2015

Loreto Grammar School has won two of the major categories in this year’s TeenTech Awards an annual innovation challenge to prove they are one of the top schools nationwide for Science Technology Engineering and Maths.
It is the third year in succession the all girls Altrincham Catholic School has scooped a collection of awards in an event which attracts over a thousand entries from leading state and independent schools. 51 teams made the final and there were 17 winning categories. Loreto had two winning entries and two highly commended results with all the brilliant young women coming from Timperley and having come to Loreto from St. Hugh's Catholic Primary School.
Winning in the Digital Skills category were Lucy O’Donnell, 15, and Josie Woolham, 14, who designed an online chemistry experiment website to allow schools without access to complex laboratory equipment and materials to create virtual experiments which demonstrate the appropriate chemical reactions. Lucy and Josie were also highly commended in the Research and Information Literacy category.
Winning in the Wearable Technology category was 12-year-old Emma Doherty who designed a set of photosensitive glasses to minimise the susceptibility epileptics have to seizure in bright light.
While highly commended was Sarah Bailey, 15, who came up with the idea of producing personalised presentations of memories, sights and sounds and smells, for older people with dementia, aiming to assist both families and care organisations to enhance their quality of life.
Loreto STEM coordinator Mrs Manton, National Expert STEM Teacher and last year’s Teen Tech Teacher of the Year, noted the girls' success in a sector that has recently been put in the headlines by the sacking of Nobel scientist Sir Tim Hunt. “There is a lack of women studying STEM subjects and it is worrying some young women who might be the verge of choosing STEM careers will be deterred if they feel sexist attitudes are endemic. That said we feel Sir Hunt should not have his career destroyed by his inappropriate comments.” Mrs Manton went on to say that Loreto's success in STEM subjects had led to a number of international collaborations with Partner Schools across Europe to share ideas and best practice. 
Loreto Grammar School Headmistress Mrs Beever said: “The whole of Timperley and in particular our friends at St. Hugh's must be very proud of these gifted young women who have originated, produced and presented a series of hugely impressive ideas to improve the quality of life for their fellows.”

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