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Local students take first place in provincial ideas competition

STELLARTON – Two local NSCC students are a few steps closer to turning their idea into reality after winning a provincial competition focusing on innovation.

Two local NSCC students are on their way to turning their idea into reality. Linnea Penney of Antigonish, left, and Brittany Marchbank of Tatamagouche pitched their idea of a gas jug with a built-in fuel monitoring system to aid in mixing oil and gas in a provincial innovation competition, and took first place. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS

After taking the top spot in the Pictou campus’s local competition, Brittany Marchbank and Linnea Penney went on to pitch their idea – a gas jug with an internal fuel monitoring system to aid in mixing oil and gas – in Halifax on Monday in the BOYNECLARKE Innovative Ideas Competition, going up against 17 other groups of students from colleges and universities across the province.

“I think we felt a little more comfortable doing it the second time around,” Marchbank said of pitching to the three judges.

The judges told them that they thought it was a great idea, and had run into the same problems the two women have – improperly mixing oil and gas when using lawnmowers, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and the like.

On top of winning the grand prize of $5,000, they had the opportunity to speak with business people who will help them put their product on the market.

Their first step will be trying to get CSA approval.

Marchbank said she hopes that winning will encourage other women to join their program – electronics engineering technician (EET).

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