- Kaede Sugano has been awarded one of the top prizes in The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition.
- Over 200 young people submitted projects to The Big Bang Competition and the awards were announced at Big Bang Digital: Redefine the future
- Taking place on International Women in Engineering Day, 3 out of 4 core prizes in the Engineering category went to women
Kaede Sugano, a Year 12 student from Rugby School was crowned GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year for her project, ‘RIHLA’. Challenged by her grandparents to find a perfect holiday for their 50th wedding anniversary, Kaede developed a website, which compares package holidays and suggests the one that best meets a traveller’s needs, using an algorithm she created.
Watch Kaede’s video
Kaede wins £2,000 to continue on her STEM journey. Congratulations Kaede!
Core Engineering Prizes
More prizes were awarded to some brilliant young people. They include:
Serena Jacob, a Year 9 student from Bedford Girls School in Bedford, won the junior engineering category in the finals of The Competition.
For her project called, ‘DM2.Prevent’, Serena created an app to prevent or potentially even reverse Type 2 Diabetes. The app targets reversible risk factors for the disease and provides ways to reduce those risks. Based on data inputted by the user, the app calculates personalised risk scores and generates a user-specific plan to reduce their risk.
Ludovica Knight, a Year 10 student from St Catherine’s College in Eastbourne, was awarded the winner’s prize in the intermediate engineering category in the finals of The Competition. She made a model wind turbine that collect and stores energy and can eventually help villagers in Chad draw water from a well.
Bhuvan Belur, a Year 13 student from Westminster School in London, won the senior engineering category in the finals of The Competition. For his project called ‘Senseborg Belt’ he created a sensory device that people who have balance issues, such as vertigo and Parkinson’s can wear around their body, which helps prevent them from falling.
All the core winners receive a cash prize of £750 to continue on their STEM journey, a trophy and certificate.
Big Bang winners have gone on to do lots of wonderful things including, getting backing from businesses for their projects, setting up their own businesses, taking part in conference presentations to industry professionals as well as appearing on the television and radio shows to talk about their projects.