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A2 pupil Lara-Marie P scoops first prize in Austria’s 2021 STEM Challenge

Sixth former Lara-Marie P has won first prize in the Austrian Government’s 2021 STEM Challenge for girls in the ‘upper school’ category.

Sixth former Lara-Marie P

As an Arkwright Scholarship holder, D&T Ambassador, and major player in the School’s Greenpower Team, this is the latest in a series of successes for Lara-Marie.

The Austria-wide MINT Girls Challenge (translating as ‘STEM’ in English for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) honours creative ideas and approaches in the fields of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology. More than 100 girls submitted their ideas and entries to showcase how STEM can contribute to a more sustainable future for us all, before the judges whittled down the final entries to a small selection of finalists.

The inaugural awards ceremony took place at the end of October in Vienna to celebrate designers of the future.

Headmaster Mark Mortimer commented: “It was a real pleasure to be in Vienna to see Lara-Marie win first prize. It was also an honour to meet the Minister, who initiated the challenge. We are all extremely proud of Lara-Marie; this is an incredible achievement.”