Two groups of Felsted Prep School girls are tackling real-world issues with prize-winning projects at the Big Bang East Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
The Big Bang Competition recognises and rewards young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), whilst providing them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.
Year 7s Grace Boroughs, Freya Perry, Ava Readman and Anna White’s project, ‘the sanitary shark’ will be exhibited next year at the Big Bang National Finals after winning the East Regional Sustainability Prize. Their invention aims to remove waste product from the ocean, helping to clean up pollutants whilst preserving marine life. This is the second time the girls will attend the Big Bang Fair with this project, after they were shortlisted in the Talent 2030 Engineering Competition for girls earlier this year, going on to win the ‘on the day’ prize.
Judges were particularly impressed that alongside the sanitary shark, the girls have been working with eco-hygiene company Grace and Green to help raise awareness of the hidden plastics in sanitary products.
Meanwhile, fellow Year 7 Felsted Prep pupils Ayla, Ava, Amelie, Phoebe and Jasmine won the STEM Communication prize for their project ‘Equality in the realm of the munchkins’, which aimed to challenge preconceived ideas of stereotypical roles in the workplace by creating children’s storybooks promoting equality and acceptance. Judges were so impressed with the books, which the girls themselves had illustrated and had printed, that they recommended they also apply for the National Finals.