Engineering victory for Natalie

Knaresborough King James student Natalie Keogh (s)
Knaresborough King James student Natalie Keogh (s)

A talented Knaresborough student is one step closer to engineering victory after winning a place in the finals of a prestigious science and engineering competition.

Natalie Keogh excelled in the regional heats with her creation of a recycled dress. She will now go head to head with students from across the country and represent Yorkshire in the finals of the National Science and Engineering Competition held at The Big Bang Fair at London ExCeL in March 2013.

There, Natalie’s short listed entry will be shown to more than 60,000 visitors and she will come face to face with celebrity judges in a “Dragons’ Den” style pitch process.

Natalie said: “The National Science and Engineering Competition has taken me on an amazing journey and I’ve definitely got my sights set on the big prize at The Big Bang Fair in London next March. The best and most important discoveries and inventions are down to science and engineering, and this contest has helped me to realise that I want to be a part of that in the future.”

The search is still on for more young thinkers, inventors and innovators to put forward their big ideas for the chance to compete for top prizes and international experiences worth over £50,000. Open to 11-18 year olds, the deadline for entries is 31 October 2012, so there’s plenty of time for youngsters to come up with that novel idea, invention, concept or solution that could see them crowned “UK Young Engineer of the Year” or “UK Young Scientist of the Year”.

Entries can be uploaded online at through a written submission or by producing a short film.

Visit for more information about this year’s competition.