On Tuesday 13 December, Year 9 student Amber Collins was awarded first prize at the 2016 STFC Science Prize Finalist Celebrations. The competition consisted of writing a 500-word essay on “Why I love science”, and the twenty finalists (out of an original field of 115 entries) were invited to Rutherford Appleton Laboratories for a four-hour celebration event, during which the twenty finalists each made a two-minute presentation to an audience consisting of judges, scientists, parents, siblings, teachers and school friends. The final prize was awarded on the strength of that two-minute presentation. The standard was extremely high, and Amber was up against contestants from as far afield as Leeds, representing both the independent and state sectors. Amber’s presentation was passionate, articulate, witty and totally convincing; her prize was an ipad mini, and she has been asked to return to help judge next year’s competition.