Today, Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor are delighted to announce that six A-level Physics students at CMD's Pwllheli campus, have come out on top in a national competition for students studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, organised by Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW).

EESW Sixth Form Challenge is set up to encourage and stimulate interest in engineering among young people. The challenge was to develop a system for the effective mixing of wastewater treatment fluids. The six victorious students are Taliesin Griffith and Ella Harris from Llangybi, Heledd Williams from Cricieth, Megan Haf Owen-Jones from Bethesda Bach, Celt Jones and Huw Watson from Pwllheli.

As part of the challenge, the students had to work with an outside company, from a relevant field. The organisation decided upon was the international construction company, Mott MacDonald Bentley.

Rhodri Llwyd, lecturer in A-level Physics, at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, said.

"The construction company was running a project for Welsh Water, refurbishing sewage works at Dyserth. The brief for the team from Pwllheli was to develop a system for the efficient mixing of wastewater treatment fluids. Back in November, the student team visited the site to see first-hand the requirements of the brief. This was followed by a busy period of researching and devising innovative and imaginative solutions, before spending two days at Coleg Menai engineering workshops in Llangefni building a prototype. "

At a recent video awards ceremony, it was revealed that the student team from Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor had won the award for the best Engineering Process / Chemical Design. The competition carried a prize of £ 500 sponsored by IChemE.

Prys Jones, of Mott MacDonald Bentley, said.

"This is great news and well-deserved. I would like to convey our thanks to all the students. It was a pleasure to meet them and to be part of the project, despite the fact that we had taken them around a wastewater works! Their understanding of the project and their ability to combine several different engineering disciplines was highlighted in the final report and the result was well-deserved.

We wish them well in the future, and hope that they have enjoyed participating in the scheme. "