New Team Champions New national standards

At the exciting awards ceremony held at the NEC, Birmingham on Thursday 16 March, Devonport High School for Girls, Treviglas Community College, Redland Green School and Churchill Academy & Sixth Form have all been recognised for national awards in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)

The awards were announced at this year’s Big Bang Science Fair which attracted over 80,000 visitors to the NEC in Birmingham this month. Our fantastic winners are listed below;

Ajola Awe from Devonport High School for Girls won the Broadcom Masters International Award for her project ‘The Science of Linguistics’. As UK delegate, Anjola will join 25 other young people, representing 18 countries, at this international competition in the USA later this year!

Charlie Bolton, Ella Harbon, Bertie Greenslade, Matthew Old and Joel Armstrong from Treviglas Community College achieved the Science Prize, sponsored by MWH Consultancy Ltd, for their project which focused on ‘best builds future communities’. They were also highly commended in the category for ‘protecting the environment’, sponsored by Air Products Ltd.

Siena Jackson-Waite and India Garrett-Cox, from Redland Green School in Bristol won ‘Junior Engineering Award, for their project ‘Eat Me’.

George Rabin and Ed Thurlow from Churchill Academy & Sixth Form, North Somerset secured the prestigious ‘GSK Young Scientist of the Year Award’ for their project ‘Do birds have a favourite colour?’ This project investigated birds responses to colour in the hope of using the knowledge to help airplane engineers reduce the number of bird strikes.

Announcing the award, GSK said; “this award is an important part of our overall commitment to discovering and developing young people through every step of their journey in STEM, from primary school to a rewarding career. We are a science-led healthcare company and need scientists and engineers in the heart of our business for innovation and manufacturing. This award will be handed to entries that demonstrate imagination in a project of real world solutions and how we could help to meet the world’s current and future healthcare challenges. GSK is a company that dreams big and we want to inspire young people to dream big too.”

The Big Bang Fair was held over four days and involved 180 school teams from across the country. Each school competed in the National Finals of the UK Young Scientists & Engineering Fair, the largest competition celebrating STEM in the UK. This competition aims to recognise and reward young people’s achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths and provide them the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.

Our Enterprise team currently work with over 400 schools across the region in four key areas; Enterprise, STEM, Work Experience and the co-ordination of the regional Big Bang Fair. This year’s Big Bang Fair South West will be held at the University of Exeter on Wednesday 21 June 2017 and is the perfect platform to allow students to showcase their amazing STEM skills – last year’s Big Bang Fair South West saw almost 1,800 students attend and more than 80 fantastic student projects were submitted.

If you are interested in taking part in the Regional Competition Heats as part of the Big Bang Fair South West, please contact;