Felsted Prep School pupils have once again been selected to represent the East of England at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition next March after impressing judges at the Regional Big Bang Fair.
Shesh Abu-Jabir and Hamish Baumber were awarded the Regional Biology Prize for their project ‘The Pro-Hand Way’ which uses 3D printing to create a prosthetic hand.
The Big Bang competition is designed to recognise pupils’ talents in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as helping them build skills and confidence in project-based work. At the event, held at the University of Hertfordshire, over 2,500 students were captivated by marine biology, thanks to a show from TV presenter ‘The Blowfish’ and explored the science of sleep and dreaming, with the University’s own psychologist and top author, Richard Wiseman.
Felsted Prep pupils also won two prizes at the Chelmsford Science and Engineering Competition which took place at Anglia Ruskin University. The ‘Pro-Hand Way’ was again successful, being selected as the winner of the CSES Design Execution Award (Years 7-9).
In addition, the ‘Plastic Pollution Plan’ by Toby Stringer and Guy Morley Jacob, received highly commended at this competition for their initiative to recycle plastic water bottles into reusable string.
Mrs Christina Bury, Director of Learning at Felsted Prep, was full of praise “These pupils have worked with an enormous amount of perseverance, effort and enthusiasm.
These projects help to develop scientific knowledge and understanding as well as fostering a sense of creativity, innovation, teamwork and communication skills. The pupils thoroughly engage in their scientific projects and learn to lead their research whilst developing their own ideas.
Many of our students are inspired to take up careers in STEM and these projects are fundamental to developing skills that can be applied in the workplace.”
Felsted is committed to engaging pupils with STEM subjects from the youngest years and the Prep School currently hold a Gold Quality Mark for Science. Felsted pupils have reached the Big Bang National Finals for seven years, winning many National awards for their entries.