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Risk It County Finals

On the morning of Tuesday 11 July, 10 students and two teachers headed to the Historic Dockyard to compete at the Risk It County Finals. Faced with a new brief, a tight timeline (just over four hours to research, design, build and develop a business plan for their prototype) and stiff competition from four other teams, Fort Pitt’s representatives rose to the challenge splendidly. When the time came for judging, Team 1 consisting of Rebecca, Tegan, Maisie, Ilma and Gracie presented a model for a mobile biofilter to combat ocean acidification. Team 2 was made up of Rebekah, Emily, Charlotte, Michaela and Rebecca who presented a prototype for a system to clean up oil spills using the principal of distillation. With only six points out of an available 50 separating the six participating teams, a team from Rainham Mark Grammar School was awarded the title of county champions for their localised ocean cooling device. Despite not coming away with a win, Fort Pitt’s teams did a great job of representing the school, displaying truly impressive levels of ingenuity, teamwork, and grace under pressure — not just once, but twice. Well done, everyone!