SCIENTIFIC students received a regional award for a six-month project exploring wind power.

A five-strong team of year 12 physics students, from Teesdale School, in Barnard Castle, won the Nissan Rose Bowl after being crowned the best team in the Northern region by the Engineering Education Scheme.

The youngsters spent six months producing a feasibility study into how wind power could reduce their school's energy budget, sponsored by RWE Npower and supported by GlaxoSmithKline, in Barnard Castle.

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As part of their studies, students examined how wind turbines work and visited Newcastle University for three days to design a prototype.

They were assessed by a panel of five engineers after producing a report and delivering a 15-minute presentation.

Iain Clyde, director of science at Teesdale School, said the assessors had been very complimentary about the students' work and the clarity of their project report.

He added: "I am very proud of the team and the effort they have put into the project over the last six months.

"There has been a lot of hard and detailed work for which the Nissan Rose Bowl is just reward."