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A team of pupils from All Saints’ Catholic High School, Sheffield have been crowned champions of the Subsea UK 2019 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Challenge, which saw five teams from across the UK compete to design an underwater vehicle to collect plastic from the sea.

  The STEM challenge, led and organised by Subsea UK, saw more than 50 teams of secondary school students compete in regional heats to earn their place in the final in Aberdeen.

  The team had to research the environmental benefits to using robots to collect materials that cause pollution in the ocean and near to islands to conserve both the marine and wildlife and their habitats.  They also had to complete a presentation to the other groups and explain what all of the different sensors were used for, how they conducted testing and overcame issues as well as taking into account the environmental effects of pollution.