Big Bang 2015

Posted: 7th March 2015

A group of Year 8 pupils from Maiden Beech Academy in Crewkerne have been shortlisted as finalists in the National Science + Engineering Competition taking place at “Big Bang UK” in Birmingham next week.

The Big Bank UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair is the largest celebration of science, engineering, technology and maths in the UK and aims to inspire and engage seven to nineteen year olds through interactive workshops, theatre shows and activity stands.

The National Science + Engineering Competition is open to all eleven to eighteen year olds living in the UK and in full time education, rewarding students who have achieved excellence in a science, technology, engineering or maths project.  Entrants to the senior age category compete for the top prizes of UK Young Scientist of the Year and UK Young Engineer of the Year.

Last year, youngsters from the academy won the regional finals of the Big Bang Science competition at Exeter University.  This year, they are fielding two teams each running fascinating projects.

Libby, Laura, Caitlin and Stella are the “Poop Snoopers” investigating how much energy they can extract from different types of animal poo!  The girls have studied the output of a range of animals from guinea pigs to llamas, goats, sheep and horses!

Brainiacs” Amy, Noor, Oliver and Lewis have a slightly sweeter mission.  There The Icing on the Cake investigation uses a range of cup cakes to examine whether gender and other factors influence colour choice. 

Our young boffins will be heading to the NEC in Birmingham between 10 and 12 March.  We are delighted to be able to support them, as we have done previously, with a contribution to their expenses.

We wish both teams the very best of luck in the competition and hope they have a rewarding experience.

Big Bang 2015 

Director Michael Williamson is pictured presenting a cheque to seven of the team members who came to collect on Tuesday!