A TRIO of scientific students have finished second in a national competition with their presentation on preventing flooding.

The team of pupils from Waingels College were the runners-up in the British Science Association's (BSA) Youth Grand Challenges.

Grace Roylance, Aimee Wallace and Mia Woolridge wowed the judges with their innovative project after they designed and constructed a model of a floating farm to help farmers in the developing world.

The competition was launched by Bill Gates in 2016 and this year children were instructed to theme their designs to tackle infectious diseases.

Katherine Mathieson, chief executive of the BSA, said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to Grace, Aimee, and Mia for coming runners-up in the Bronze category.

“Their project was very impressive and was clearly the result of hours of hard work.

“I wish Grace, Aimee, and Mia every success in the future and I hope that this competition acts as a catalyst for them to take their solution to the next stage of development.”