A WIRRAL student's investigation into the behaviour of a 'non-ionic surfactant system' has earned him a place in the national final of a science competition.

James Taylor, from Calday Grange Grammar School, came up with a project to improve products that help people feel good, look good, and get more out of life.

It secured a place as a finalist in the National Science + Engineering Competition 2016.

The annual competition is organised by the British Science Association, to give school pupils across the UK, aged between 11–18, the chance to compete for top prizes and international experiences worth over £50,000.

This year participants were tasked to consider science and engineering in a new light, to invent something that would enhance people's everyday lives.

James had this to say on his project: "I'm thrilled that the project has made it into the finals of this year's National Science + Engineering Competition and can't wait to take it to the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham this March!"

Finalists were confirmed this week by judges who recognise the importance of ensuring health and safety rules are adhered to and the technical ingenuity needed to safely and effectively install electronics in vehicles.

The 2016 winners will be announced at the National Awards Ceremony as part of the annual Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham, which inspires young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The event, aimed primarily at 11-14 year old children and their parents, will take place from 16 to 19 March 2016.

Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK which organises The Big Bang Fair congratulated the finalists on their finalist nomination: "Being part of the National Science + Engineering Competition national finals is an exceptional achievement for young inventors, scientists and engineers.

"The judging panel will have a tough decision in selecting the winners at The Big Bang Fair in March."