The Big Bang Competition 2022 winners

It's time to crown our winners! The Big Bang Competition judges were so impressed this year by all the creativity, innovation and ingenuity shown by all the young people who entered The Competition. 

We want to extend a huge THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who took part, and encourage everyone to enter again for The Big Bang Competition 2023. You're all amazing!

Meet our winners:

Overall winners

UK Young Engineer of the Year 2022

Avye Couloute, a year 9 student from Surbiton High School, has been crowned as the UK Young Engineer of the Year.

Avye impressed the judges with her invention which aims to improve indoor air quality by monitoring and reacting to CO2 levels. The solution can benefit classrooms, collaborative working spaces, and seated eating areas in the hospitality sector!

UK Young Scientist of the Year 2022

Connie Gray, a year 9 student from Liverpool Life Sciences UTC, has won the title of UK Young Scientist of the Year thanks to her research comparing the structure of the features of birds from different climates and environments to each other.

Her work aims to help with conservation efforts in areas of the world affected by climate change.

Core prize winners

Senior engineering category

Lily-Mai Spinks, a year 12 student from Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form Free School in Norwich, has won the senior engineering category in the finals of The Competition, for her project titled ‘ISOPOD’. 

Lily-Mai made a tent with a concertina design, aiming to provide a user and eco-friendly festival camping alternative.

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Senior science category

Lucy Coleman, a year 13 student at Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College in Merseyside, is a double award winner and won the senior science category.

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. She also won the Intellectual Property Office award for outstanding innovator. 

Intermediate engineering category

Om Patel, a year 11 student from Queen Elizabeth’s School in North London, has won the intermediate engineering category for his project titled ‘Supporting People with Dorsal Flexor Weakness (Drop Foot) and Normal Calf Weakness’.

This aims to support people with some walking difficulties with a designed a prototype brace that supports the leg from the knee to the foot and ensures that the person can walk more naturally

Intermediate science category

Anastasia Herries, a year 11 student from St George’s School in Harpenden, has been awarded the winner’s prize in the intermediate science category.

Her project titled ‘Essential Oils as Slug Repellents’ was designed to address the need for alternative and eco-friendly slug repellent.

Junior engineering category

Ryan Stubbs and William Bradshaw, a year 8 student team from St Faith’s School in Cambridge, have won the junior engineering category for their project titled ‘ElectroPi’.

They created a seed-planting robot, which is designed to plant and water seeds based on soil moisture levels.

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Junior science category

Erin Carr, a year 8 student from Invicta Grammar School in Maidstone, has won the junior science category for her project titled ‘How the brain adapts to the loss of senses’.

Erin’s aim was to investigate comparisons between using all senses and the loss of 1, with the hope of finding out how fast the brain adapts.

Place at 63rd London International Youth Science Forum 2021

Aisling Campbell, from St Mary’s College, has been awarded a place at the 63rd London International Youth Science Forum 2022 for her project ' A comparative investigation of the efficacy of sunscreens in providing protection against UV and High Energy Blue light including a homemade Lycopene sunscreen'.

The Colum McNally Cheeky Potato Award

Saashi Ghaie from Coleraine Grammar School with her project ' Water Electrolysis to Produce Hydrogen as a Green Energy Store'.

The Energy Institute Climate Change Award

Sasha Polakov and Josephine Hibou, from St Paul’s Girls’ School in London, were awarded with The Energy Institute Climate Change Award for their project ‘SolUp’.

The Intellectual Property Office Award for outstanding innovator

Lucy Coleman, who won the senior science category, was also awarded with The Intellectual Property Office Award for Outstanding Innovator for her project ‘Working Healthy’.

The Army Humanitarian Award

Akhil Walia, Anoj Rameshprabahar and Kelvin Aye, students from Queen Elizabeth’s School in London, were awarded with The Army Humanitarian Award for their project ‘Developing a solution to Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome’(HAVS).

The Network Rail Innovation in Transport Award

Jheel Patel and Bella Borysiewicz, from Queen Elizabeth’s Girls School in North London, were awarded the Network Rail Innovation in Transport Award for their project ‘Magnetic Hydrodynamic Drive for Marine Transportation'.

The Royal Air Force Teamwork Award

Indi Walker Oliver, Ava Gray, Daisy O’Connell, Ece Cobanaglu, Chloe Westwood, Lucy Hallows, Honey Austin, Roxie Corbishley, Maya Stedman and Amelia Williams, a team from Walton Priory Middle School in the West Midlands were awarded The Royal Air Force Teamwork Award for their project ‘Smoothie Crusher’.

The Siemens Digital Decarbonisation Award

Aditya Mathur, Ali Kamel and Lucas Hoffman, 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 Special Award for Practical Science

Carol Swancott from Mary Webb School in Shropshire, and Mrs Kodi-Peku from The Ursuline Academy in Ilford won the Special Award for Practical Science for their incredible support to students.

The Stantec Developing Future Communities Award

Alberta Fryer, Florence Burton, Phoebe Hill, Manaka Koreyasu and Sophie Farmer, from Kingswood School in Bath, were awarded with The Stantec Developing Future Communities Award for their project ‘Girls Into School: Leak Free For You and Me – Reusable Sanitary Pads’.