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Science students on the crest of a wave as innovative idea wins Enterprise Challenge

Two Coleg Menai learners won an award for pitching an innovative concept offering surfers a chance to see marine life underneath the waves.

Nell Jones and Branwen Griffith won the Enterprise Challenge after their pitch impressed judges including Anglesey Sea Zoo director Frankie Hobro and director Gareth Thomas.

The Level 3 Applied Science students were presented with a trophy for their success as they and their course-mates celebrated the completion of their Biomedical Extended Diploma.

Under the team name ‘Red Riders’, they developed the concept of a surfboard with a transparent section and an underwater camera, enabling surfers to view marine life as they catch waves, and also sending the footage so it can be watched again.

Several teams from the A-Level and Business courses took part in the Enterprise Challenge as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate, which saw them come up with their concepts and then deliver ‘Dragons Den’-style pitches to the ‘Big Ideas Wales’ role model judges.

Frankie and Gareth felt the standard of work and quality of pitches from all the teams was very high, but that Nell and Branwen had the most innovative idea.

Their pitch won the judges over due to the multifunctionality of the business idea, with their concept described as “a truly unique concept for increasing awareness of the plants, animals and other organisms living in the ocean”.

Level 3 Applied Science students have now finished their course and enjoyed a celebration in which they took part in quizzes and competitions along with first-year students and tutors.

Susan Parry, programme leader for Biomedical Science at Coleg Menai, said: “We are very proud of the students, and it was great being able to celebrate their achievements together.

“We have enjoyed using the new industry-standard laboratories and facilities on the Llangefni campus. All of the students are going on to university next year - we wish them all the best!”

The Level 3 BTEC Applied Science course (Biomedical) is a two-year course and is equivalent to three A-Levels. Applications are now being accepted for this course and further information can be found here.

Big Ideas Wales is a Welsh Government scheme offering help to people under 25 or who are facing barriers that stop them from starting their own business. For more information, click here.