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School pupils recently took part in the Southern Association's 'Past, present and future' competition in which they selected a civil engineering project, process or activity which affects every day life and demonstrated its past, present and future. BBC South weather presenter and meteorologist Dorcas Henry is pictured presenting the first prize of £300 for the school to a year eight team from Lytchett Minster School, Dorset.

Henry said: 'As a female scientist it is encouraging to see an enthusiastic response to the competition and I very much hope that it sparks a lasting interest in engineering and science.' The winning entry dealt with methods of coastal sea defence. The winners envisaged that, in the future, coast protection works would include electricity generation using the power of the waves and tides, and also desalination works.

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