CORBRIDGE Middle School students are among those named as national finalists of a competition.

Year 8 project 'How can we stop our homes from flooding' by The Weather and Climate Club (Freya McCluskie, Emily Rutherford, Beth Greystoke, Erin Mason, Tess Betteley-Sparke and Maia Parker-Smissen) is in the running for the Energy Insitute Climate Change Special award in the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition.

Meanwhile, Adam Symes' individual project 'Which bird food is the most popular?' has been selected for VIP judging for the UK Young Scientist of the Year award and was identified as one of the top five projects submitted by competitors.

The Big Bang Competition aims to recognise and reward young people’s science and engineering project work and provides them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence. Finalists could be crowned UK Young Engineer or UK Young Scientist of the Year with a prize of £1,500.

Corbridge Middle School headteacher Adele Brown said: "We are so incredibly proud to be involved in this fantastic opportunity.

"To have a group project and an individual student project as part of the competition is so impressive and the children's ideas are absolutely inspiring. 

"We are totally behind them and can't wait to hear the results, they are already winners in our eyes. Well done everyone."

Phil McShane, associate director of The Big Bang programme, added: “This year we’ve had over 500 young people enter the competition and the standard of the projects has been really high.

"The Big Bang Competition judges were extremely impressed with the creativity and innovation shown to solve real-world challenges demonstrated by all the young people who participated.”

The winners of the competition will be announced at an awards ceremony at The Big Bang Fair on June 22 at the NEC in Birmingham. The fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK and runs from Wednesday, June 21 to 23.

Students from the school are also involved in this year's Corbridge Village Show with a team managing a sustainability stall and craft categories.