Big Bang Competition Winners Announced

20 June 2024

Highlighting emerging talent in STEM, EngineeringUK has announced the winners of its 2024 Big Bang Competition at a ceremony held yesterday at the NEC in Birmingham.

The high-profile UK Young Engineer of the Year title went to Cardiff-based school pupil, Pacha Pritchard, who is in Year 12 at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Edern. She gained the accolade thanks to the portable air pollution monitoring system she developed, and hopes to go into a career in environmental engineering in the future. “I’m a bit shell shocked, I think I’m going to cry, but I’m incredibly happy. My project is to help raise awareness of eco issues to younger people,” she said upon receiving the award. “I’m a massive advocate for promoting STEM to girls and getting all the opportunities out there, like the Big Bang fair and competition.”

The Intermediate Engineering Award went to a Year 11 pupil from Queen Elizabeth School in Barnet. Keon Robert created an advanced hydroponic system for growing plants. Another Year 11 pupil from Queen Elizabeth School, Akhilesh Karthikeyan, was given the Intermediate Technology Award for his smart food storage concept aimed at use in shops. A team comprised of Archit Chinnari, Ayush Shah, Benedict Dooley, Ciaran Scanlan, Rakesh Vaddepalli and William Dan, from Blue Coat School in Wavertree, Liverpool, got the UK Young Technologists prize. They came up with an app to automate solar panel installations, enabling a 16% increase in electricity generation over the course of a year when compared to what static installations can manage. The Junior Engineering Award was claimed by Genevieve Brennan, Jamie McShane, Kevin McGuigan, Naimh Clarke, Rosa Hodge and Sam Brown of St Aidan’s High School in Lanarkshire, Scotland. They came up with the idea of a sustainable theme park, powered by solar, wind and kinetic energy. A group of Year 7 pupils from Olchfa School in Swansea (namely Elisa Marsh-Lorenzo, Lorna Skippen and Rafaella Fasham), picked up the Junior Technology Award for their ground-breaking work on making the fashion industry more sustainable. The Senior Technology Award went to 4 students from the King's College London Maths School, for producing a mechatronic chessboard. 

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