Last half-term we entered a science competition for Year 9s across the country, run by the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, with the title ‘Why I love science’. For the first round we had to write an essay of 500 words or less answering this question. After submitting our entries we waited nervously and were both excited to find we had got an email saying we had got into the next round. For this we had to give a presentation based on our essay, along with 11 other finalists. So during the Christmas holidays we made our way to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory for a tour around the facilities and then to give our presentation. The tour was really interesting and we got to look round the ESA section (European Space Agency) including seeing the computer which controlled many of the Apollo moon missions and the particle accelerator used to discover more about subatomic particles. This tour was of areas that were normally not open to the public, so it gave an insight into what life would be like working at Harwell and the RAL. Then after watching the other finalists’ presentations and giving our own we sat down to wait for the judges to make their decisions. We waited anxiously and were amazed to find out that Anna was runner up and Anoush had won the competition. It was a great experience and really helped us to become more confident in presenting to a crowd and we would really recommend it to anyone else who loves science.