Big Bang Awards


Posted by to The Blog on July 4th

Edinburgh schools brought home a host of awards from The Big Bang Scotland last month, many have been selected to represent the United Kingdom with their scientific prowess.

Konrad Ciber-Kotowski from Leith Academy won a CREST Most Creative Project Award (Bronze) for his ‘Ferrofluids’ project where he researched how to make a magnetic liquid, sourcing the materials, building, testing and separating it.

Konrad was also awarded The Bill Bryce Trophy which commemorates Bill Bryce, a teacher who promoted CREST to his pupils and is given to the individual whose project “best represents the spirit of CREST” by displaying creativity and enthusiasm for science or technology.

Meanwhile, Andrew Crusher from Hutchesons’ Grammar School was awarded a Best CREST Science and Mathematics Award (Silver) for his ‘Crash Test Dummy’ project which looked at how perception of speed could be altered when the structure of the question asked was changed. Andrew was also nominated to showcase his project at the National Science & Engineering Competition hosted at The Big Bang Fair 2013 at Excel, London

A team comprising David Angus, Alexandra Irvine, Anna Taylor and Jack Thornburrow from George Heriot’s School was awarded a CREST Most Creative Project Award (Silver) for ‘Forever Green Energy’. Again, they were also nominated to showcase at the National Science & Engineering Competition hosted at The Big Bang Fair 2013.

William Gao, Ben Guthrie, August Heep, Matthew Morson and Johnny Tam from Merchiston Castle School were awarded a CREST Most Creative Project (Gold) for their Bionic Hand project – and also nominated to showcase in London next year.

Lee Li from Merchiston Castle School was awarded the Young Engineer for Britain Award for his ‘Solar Powered Portable Artist’s Light Box’ project which would be used by artists to trace drawings, powered by a batter pack which is recharged using a solar panel.

Meanwhile, Lucy Ireland, Karen Millar and Lindsay White from George Heriot’s School were selected to showcase in London for their project, ‘Comparing Reaction Times for Boys and Girls’.

Open to 11-19 year olds showcasing their impressive array of innovations, inventions and investigations underpinned by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), The Big Bang Scotland took place in Perth on Tuesday 12 June 2012. Organised by Aberdeen-based educational charity TechFest-SetPoint, the event attracted around 90 competing projects, with around 850 pupils, competitors and visitors attending from 65 schools.

Jennifer Smith, Tayside Manager said, “We, together with the judges, were absolutely astounded by the standard on show at The Big Bang Scotland 2012. We never fail to be amazed at pupils’ interpretations of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects, and how they bring them to life in such an exciting and relevant way. We would like to congratulate all winners and participants and very much look forward to hearing where their interest in these subjects takes them in their future careers.”

Picture: Konrad Ciber-Kotowski from Leith Academy receiving The Bill Bryce Trophy from Mr Bryce’s widow.

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