20 March 2019
Congratulations to students Grace Lord and Aalia Sellar from Loughborough High School and Brendan Miralles from Loughborough Grammar School. Working together, the team won the 2019 GSK Young Engineer of the Year title at this year’s Big Bang Bang Fair.
The winning students presented an app – Music Splash – that uses machine learning to analyse music performance and provide feedback, in an effort to address the need for better access to music education.
The three are pictured above with the 2019 GSK Young Scientist of the Year, Maeve Stillman of St Mary’s College, Derry. As part of their prizes, the winning students will each benefit from a range of mentoring and work experience opportunities, as well as VIP visits to top science centres with their families.
Hilary Leevers, chief executive of Engineering UK, which organises The Big Bang Competition, said:
“The judges have been blown away by the quality of entries from all the finalists – not only for their brilliant new ideas but for how eloquently they spoke about them to the crowds of people at The Big Bang Fair.
“It certainly bodes well for the future that the engineers, scientists and inventors of tomorrow are already producing such astute and creative project work.”
Over 500 finalists from across the country were chosen to show their ideas at The Big Bang Fair, with 10 then being selected to pitch their ideas to a Dragon’s Den-style panel of VIP judges.
The competition is now in its fourth year, and previous winners have gone on to successful careers in STEM, compete at international awards, and present their work on TV.
Last year’s GSK Young Scientist of the Year, Emily Xu – a former pupil at James Allen’s Girls’ School – is now pursuing a degree in chemical engineering at ICL, and has spoken in Parliament during Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2018 as an ambassador for young women in STEM.
More information about The Big Bang Fair can be found at www.thebigbangfair.co.uk and a full list of 2019 winners here