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A group of students from Willow International School, Mozambique, has won the Cambridge Upper Secondary Science Competition for the Sub-Saharan Africa region.
Willow International School’s project involved the reduction of extruded polystyrene foam into carbon and its use in a group-designed water filter, and impressed the panel of expert judges enough to win the regional prize.
The team included Charmila Yolanda Teodósio Simbine, Eycina Mácia Jossias Cossa, Lauricénia Neide Domingos Buque, Maysa Edwiges Sumbana Goncalves, Patrícia Melany Mabombo and Tassia Carmen Raso, and their entry was one of 40 in the region.
Teacher Dr A Hussain said: 'We are extremely glad to hear about the success of our students and school. Thanks go to Cambridge International for their support in preparing the students for life. We appreciate the way they prepare the children and provide support and services worldwide.'
The school received a letter of recognition celebrating the success, and every team member received a certificate and medal.
The overall international winner of the competition was a team from Jayshree Periwal International School, India, in the South Asia region, who put together a project entitled 'Live or Dye? Negative impacts of synthetic dyes'. The project was an investigation into the effect of synthetic food colour dyes on the respiration and growth of yeast, a subject directly relevant to the everyday lives of the students.
The expert judging panel included Dr Helen Eccles, ex-Director of Cambridge International and Science Competition Lead, Dr Rachel Garsed, Senior Engineer at CMR Surgical, Dr Elaine Wilson, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University and Dr Judith Roberts, Head of Cambridge Primary and Lower Secondary, Development, Cambridge International.