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Big Bang North West 2019: Big Bang UK Competition – Winners Announced!
July 09th 2019

Big Bang North West 2019: Big Bang UK Competition – Winners Announced!

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition is a national competition for young people to showcase their impressive science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects and to reward and recognise their achievements.

The regional heat for this competition took place at The Big Bang North West 2019 and the judges were overwhelmed by the incredible & inspiring ideas that entrants brought to the fore.

In addition to a place in the National Finals at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, all entrants had the opportunity to win a prestigious Big Bang North West sponsor award.

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition at The Big Bang North West is sponsored by Unilever.

Here are the innovative & amazing finalists and award winners along with their generous award sponsors…


North West Young Scientist of the Year – Unilever

Winning School: Liverpool Life Sciences UTC
Project: What Poisons the Fish Poisons you too

The NW Young Scientist of the Year Award recognises excellence in science.

“Unilever are proud to be the Headline Sponsor at The Big Bang North West 2019; inspiring the next generation of scientists is a key part of Unilever’s commitment to STEM. It is our belief that what we do today will shape tomorrows future, and we believe that by helping students to understand the opportunities and challenges facing the world today that they can help bring about a bright future for everyone.”


North West Young Engineer of the Year – AstraZeneca

Winning School: Millom High School
Project: Autism Friendly Sensory Unit

The NW Young Engineer of the Year Award recognises excellence in engineering.

“As a major employer in the Northwest with over 3500 staff working across the field of STEM, the Big Bang is a great opportunity for AstraZeneca to inspire the next generation and promote the vast array of career options within Science, Technology Engineering and Maths.”


STEM Club of the Year – Shaping Futures

Winning School: Woodchurch High School

Shaping Futures understand the importance of pupils being able to work together on real life projects and activities and we want to recognize those teachers and pupils who have put time and effort into extracurricular activities to further their knowledge and skills. This award recognises overall achievement for a STEM Club who have gone above and beyond to support each other in their learning.


Award for Communication  – Air Products

Winning School: Millom High School
Project: Autism Friendly Sensory Unit

If you want to be a leading scientist, technologist, engineer or mathematician, being able to communicate your ideas is important. This award celebrates students who have excelled.


Award for Team Work – Royal Air Force

Winning School: The Sutton Academy
Project: Interactive Biology

The Royal Air Force has a distinctive character and spirit that relies on an essential combination of team work and leadership to deliver air power worldwide regardless of the challenges or the environment. This prize is awarded to a project that demonstrates excellent team working skills throughout.


Award for Innovation – Sellafield

Winning School: Sandbach High School
Project: Eating Aid Tray for the Visually Impaired

Sellafield Ltd is safely delivering decommissioning of the UK’s nuclear legacy as well as fuel recycling and the management of low, high and intermediate level nuclear waste activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. This award recognises an innovative solution to a problem and originality in thinking in any area of STEM.


Bright Spark Award – ScottishPower

Winning School: Ellesmere Port Church of England College
Project: Reducing Water Usage when Washing Hands

A love for learning and an enquiring mind are attitudes that underpin all research in STEM. This award recognises the sparks that are needed to be successful in STEM – inspiration, enthusiasm an enquiring mind, communication and desire to take their work forward.


Most Dedicated Teacher – Educate Awards

This award goes to a teacher who goes above and beyond in supporting their school and students with their Big Bang North West project work.

For the first time, this award was presented to two STEMsational educators, John Dyer and Sarah Linkman!


Protecting the Environment – Knowsley Safari

Winning School: Woodchurch High School
Project: Unilever Bio Bubble

We are strongly committed to the principles of conservation and sustainability. As both a zoological park and a visitor attraction we recognise that our own operations and actions of our guests have an impact on the environment. This award recognises students thought carefully about the environment within their project.


Award for Experimentation  – All About STEM

Winning School: Ellesmere Port Church of England College
Project: Reducing Water Usage when Washing Hands

All About Stem likes to take risks, try new things and solve problems. Experimentation is a key part of any STEM project. It represents the ability to keep trying and to carefully think through results and refine experimental techniques. This award celebrates the resilient problem solver.


Award for Endeavour – ChargePoint Technology

Winning School: Sandbach High School
Project: Refugee Relief

STEM careers need people with the right attitude; people who set themselves goals, who work hard and are willing to learn, who don’t give up but keep on getting up and trying again when it maybe doesn’t work out quite right first time. This award recognises students who demonstrate a ‘can-do’ attitude.


Award for Digital Excellence

Winning School: The Sutton Academy
Project:Interactive Biology

The prize for digital innovation recognises the best use of digital technologies to solve a problem, fulfil a need or inspire change.


Our regional winners heading to the National Finals of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition are…

  1. Hydro – Filtricity
  2. Hydration of the Nation – Why the Complication?
  3. Making plastic from potatoes
  4. Fitbit verses Pedometer
  5. Autism Friendly Sensory Unit
  6. What poisons the fish, poisons you too
  7. How does the use of mobile devices effect us?
  8. Hygienegg
  9. Student-built Spectrophotometer
  10. Modular Hospitals

Good luck teams, Team Big Bang North West will be there to cheer you all on!


Thank you to our award sponsors & congratulations to all of our competition entrants, the standard was unbelievably high this year. You are all winners!

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