Students from a Penwortham school have won a top national award for their historic science experiment.
Priory Academy duo Yoovraj Chekori, 15, and Hussain Alkachkach, 16, worked on their experiment in their own time for more than 18 months.
They were given funding by the school to try to “do something extraordinary”.
Their aim was aim was to make a computer go faster than it is designed to – and they made history by using a perfluorocarbon to do this, something which they think has never been done before.
The experiment involved submersing a computer’s electrical components in a non-conductive cooling liquid.
This allowed for the computer to process an increased number of commands without over-heating.
The team ran hour-long stress tests where the computer was pushed beyond its limit.
The computer’s temperature was monitored throughout the stress tests.
Now, the pair have beaten off tough competition to win the ABCAM plc STEM Innovation award in the national Community Education Awards.
Yoovraj, said: “It was exciting when we achieved what we wanted, but we won’t stop there.
“I want to find a new way to cool the perflourocarbon so I will be working on designs and prototypes at home.”
Both boys are planning to go on to Cardinal Newman College.
Headteacher Matt Eastham Matt Eastham allowed the boys to use the facilities at Priory and provided some finances so they can achieve their dreams, following Jamie Edwards, who became the world’s youngest fusioneer in the science labs at the Crow Hills Road school.
He said: “ It is so clever and it has all been their own work.
“We have given the nod to funding and provided the facilities but they have worked so hard and not relied on anyone but themselves
The pair had help from Priory’s science technician John Evans as well as Andy Joel from F2 Chemicals who told them to use a perflourocarbon in their experiment