Pupils from Felsted Prep School wowed judges with their bright ideas at the annual Schools' Technology Exhibition.

The CSES TEXPO is hosted by CSES (Chelmsford Science & Engineering Society) at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, and is open to pupils in Years 5 to 13 from schools across Essex.

Pupils are encouraged to enter any STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) projects they are working on, including coursework, hobby projects and even entries from other clubs or other competitions.

The competition gives pupils an opportunity to showcase their projects and receive professional feedback from scientists and engineers.

Dunmow Broadcast: Georgie and Olivia won the Technical Design AwardGeorgie and Olivia won the Technical Design Award (Image: Felsted School)

Felsted Prep pupils achieved several awards, including the concept design award - which was won by pupils Thomas and Theo for their water filtration design.

Olivia, Amelie and Georgie won the technical design award for their research on growing plants using recycled water, while Jesse, Charlie, Ocean, Noah and George won the design execution award for their festival shelter project.


The Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Sustainability Award went to Thomas and Oliver, who made speakers from recycled wood, plastic and parts from scrapped cars.

Meanwhile The Lucy Pettet Award For Innovation went to 11-year-old Jenson, one of the youngest entrants in the competition, for his 'Q-boid Designs' project.

Dunmow Broadcast: Jenson with The Lucy Pettet Award For InnovationJenson with The Lucy Pettet Award For Innovation (Image: Felsted School)

When announcing the winners, the CSES account on X - formerly known as Twitter - thanked the school for being "such great supporters" of the competition, saying: "If you think you’ve seen lots of students from Felsted Prep it’s because they entered lots of projects!"

Christina Bury, assistant head (academic) at Felsted Prep, said: "At Felsted, we seek to develop the character of every pupil, to help prepare them for life beyond school.

"STEAM competitions like this offer a fantastic learning experience for the children and really allow them to grow in confidence with their ideas, execution and presentation skills, as well as honing their public speaking and interview abilities.

"Our pupils did very well at the competition and achieved a great deal with their projects based around solving real life problems linked to environmental issues and sustainability, of which they should all be very proud."