A GROUP of budding young scientists have made it through to a national final after coming up with a scheme aimed at cutting plastic waste.

Felsted School year seven students Grace Boroughs, Freya Perry, Ava Readman and Anna White, will compete in the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition after claiming victory in a regional competition.

The quartet made it through after winning the Big Bang Eastern final with their Sanitary Shark project.

It saw the team design a shark model which is built to collect plastic waste from the oceans, as well as investigating the hidden plastics in sanitary products and environmentally-friendly alternatives.

They will now be aiming to win the coveted GSK UK Young Engineer and GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year awards at the national finals, which take place in Birmingham in March.

Dr Hilary Leevers, chief exec of event organisers EngineeringUK, said: “The team from Felsted School really impressed the judges with their project and we’re excited to see how they do at the UK finals.

“It is a huge achievement to progress to this stage of the competition and they should be incredibly proud to take up their place and compete at the Big Bang Fair.”