This year, we saw a broad variety of projects entered into The Big Bang Competition. We were incredibly excited to see so many young people explore STEM and create solutions to real-world problems.
We want to extend a huge THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who took part. You're all winners in our eyes!
Meet the special award winners
Aditya Mathur, Ali Kamel and Lucas Hoffman, students from Leicester Grammar School Trust in Leicestershire, have been awarded with The Siemens Digital Decarbonisation Award. Their project ‘AgriPod’ was designed to prevent water contamination for farmers in northern India. The creation followed Aditya’s visit to a relative’s farm in northern India, where he discovered that there was a vast array of potential issues that could be addressed with a technology and data-based solution.
Aisling Campbell, a student from St Mary’s College in Northern Ireland, has been awarded a place at the 62nd London International Youth Science Forum 2021. Her project was designed to investigate the efficiency of sunscreens in providing protection against High Energy Blue light (HEV) emitted by digital devices and UV, and creating her own sunscreen to protect against the damage of HEV.
Akhil Walia, Anoj Rameshprabahar and Kelvin Aye, students from Queen Elizabeth’s School in London, were awarded with The Army Humanitarian Award. Their project ‘Developing a solution to Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome’(HAVS) aims to prevent the development of HAVS in the hands and arms of users by reducing the vibrations that are felt, specifically when using a reciprocating saw.
Alberta Fryer, Florence Burton, Phoebe Hill, Manaka Koreyasu and Sophie Farmer, students from Kingswood School in Bath, were awarded with The Stantec Developing Future Communities Award. Their project ‘Girls Into School: Leak Free For You and Me – Reusable Sanitary Pads’ was designed to create a reusable sanitary pad, which was born from the desire to help make period products more affordable and accessible to women and girls in Liberia and Kenya.
Indi Walker Oliver, Ava Gray, Daisy O’Connell, Ece Cobanaglu, Chloe Westwood, Lucy Hallows, Honey Austin, Roxie Corbishley, Maya Stedman and Amelia Williams, a student team from Walton Priory Middle School in the West Midlands were awarded The Royal Air Force Teamwork Award. Their project ‘Smoothie Crusher’ involved building a bicycle-powered smoothie maker.
Jheel Patel and Bella Borysiewicz, students from Queen Elizabeth’s Girls School in North London, were awarded the Network Rail Innovation in Transport Award. Their project ‘Magnetic Hydrodynamic Drive for Marine Transportation’ was designed to use magnetic power to provide power to boats, ships and marine transport, in order to reduce emissions caused by fuel, such as pollution and spills.
Lucy Coleman, who won the senior science category, was also awarded with The Intellectual Property Office Award for outstanding innovator. Her project ‘Working Healthy’ aimed to redesign the way in which people work from home with a unique design of a weather-proof open-air office.
Sasha Polakov and Josephine Hibou, students from St Paul’s Girls’ School in London, were awarded with The Energy Institute Climate Change Award at The Big Bang Competition. Their project ‘SolUp’ involved designing window blinds that generate electrical energy via sunlight and could be used for green power generation with the home.
Congratulating all of the winners, Dr Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, which organises The Big Bang Competition, said: “We received hundreds of incredible entries and the quality of the work undertaken impresses us each year. Young people have shown incredible resilience and determination during the past couple of years and the ambition, passion and enthusiasm the students show for their projects are truly inspiring.
“It certainly bodes well for the future that the scientists, engineers and inventors of tomorrow are already producing such astute and creative project work – congratulations to all those involved.”