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Torquay Students Aim to be the First UK Competitors at Global Earth Science Competition

Students from Torquay Girls’ Grammar School have almost reached their goal of becoming the first ever British competitors at the 11th International Earth Science Olympiad. Sponsorship from Totnes-based Valeport, the UK’s leading manufacturer of underwater measuring equipment, has brought the students closer to their dream, but further funding will be needed to secure their place at the contest.

Valeport Sponsor TGGS Team

Students from TGGS enjoy a tour of the Valeport's advanced manufacturing premises by Kevin Edwards, Valeport's Sales and Marketing Manager.

Valeport’s donation of £500 will support four students and two staff members to travel to Cote d’Azur, France between 22 – 29 August to take part in the international event. The Torquay Girls’ Grammar School students will become the first participating team from the UK at the International Earth Science Olympiad alongside secondary school age participants from around the world. The students’ theoretical knowledge, practical abilities and team work skills will all be assessed across the four phases of the competition as they are tested on major areas of earth sciences including oceanography, geology, geophysics, meteorology, terrestrial astronomy and environmental sciences.

The International Earth Science Olympiad is one of the major annual events of the International Geoscience Education Organization (IGEO) that aims to promote and improve geoscience education. Participation in the event provides students with a unique programme of academic activities as well as the chance to forge new relationships with students from other cultural backgrounds. Torquay Girls’ Grammar School’s aspirational trip has also been sponsored by the Geological Society of London and the school is now seeking further funding to ensure students can access this rare opportunity.

Valeport is the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of cutting edge underwater measuring equipment. From its state of the art premises at Baltic Wharf, Totnes, Valeport supplies environmental, defence, renewable energy, construction and civil engineering customers around the world. The company has been family owned since 1969 and employs 80 people at its Devon headquarters.

Valeport Sales & Marketing Manager, Kevin Edwards, commented: “As a Devon-based company, we’re proud to help open up new opportunities to local students and, in particular, to support girls to pursue STEM subjects and take steps towards their career goals. We wish the school every success for their trip and can’t wait to hear about their experience.”

Gordon Neighbour, Head of Careers and Head of Geology and one of the teachers accompanying the students in August, said: “To be the first British team to take part in the Olympiad will be a tremendous achievement and the event will provide our students with unique development opportunities. I hope they will bring back knew knowledge and skills to share with other students, and that the experience will support their own academic aspirations. We are extremely grateful to Valeport for their generous donation and are seeking support from other local businesses or individuals to ensure that our planned trip is a success.”

All sponsorship enquiries can be directed to: admin@tggsacademy.org

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