Last term four Year 12 IB Physics students decided to enter the Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition. This competition invites girls to solve the major challenges of the 21st century, showing how engineering makes a difference to people and the planet! Competition entries can be an original solution designed from scratch, or a piece of research about what engineers are currently doing to solve a challenge, which can be an issue in the local area, or something on a global scale. Genevieve, Honor, Charli and Clara decided to investigate how to reduce the amount of black plastic in landfill. They had to work very hard to fit in all of their research around their IB studies, and it was with much relief that they submitted their completed project report to the competition organisers in December.
There were over 300 entries to the competition, so the students were very surprised and extremely happy to hear this week that they had been awarded 2nd prize in the 17-18 age category. As prize-winners they have been invited to showcase their project at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair taking place in Birmingham on 16th March, where there will also be a prize awarded to the best exhibition and project explanation on the day. They will also receive complimentary membership of the Women’s Engineering Society, and be invited on an exclusive visit to PepsiCo in late spring and to Rolls Royce in July!
We wish them the best of the luck with the showcasing of their project, and look forward to hearing about their experience at The Big Bang Fair in due course.
The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. It is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits and careers information from STEM professionals. The Fair gives young people the chance to hear from inspiring engineers and scientists from some of the UK’s biggest companies and to find out about the opportunities available in STEM.