Lembit Opik MP hails Llanfyllin High School's science win

2009 Medi 24 12:20 PM

The entry from Llanfyllin High School was a medicine cabinet with drawers designed to aid people with sight problems. The medicine cabinet incorporates Braille on the handles and a voice recorded chip which is activated once a drawer is moved.

Lembit Öpik MP said:

"Many congratulations to Elizabeth Broom and everyone involved in helping to devise the entry. I have been hugely impressed by their deep understanding of science and innovative ideas.

"Science, technology, engineering and maths are key to the future prosperity of the UK. This competition is a great way of helping to find the scientists and engineers of the future and also encouraging pupils to get more involved in these subjects at school and beyond."

Llanfyllin High School's entry will now be judged at the National Science & Engineering Competition, which will take place at the Big Bang Science Fair in Manchester.



1. The National Science and Engineering Competition is led by the British Science Association and supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Science.

2. There were regional fairs for the Competition, which includes the annual UK Young Scientist of the Year and UK Young Engineer of the Year awards.

3. Final national winners will be announced at The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, which takes place in Manchester in March 2010.

4. The Big Bang is a partnership involving over 50 organisations from across Government, business and industry and the wider science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) community, led by the Engineering Technology Board (ETB).

About The Big Bang

The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists' and Engineers' Fair at Manchester Central Convention Complex, 11-13 March 2010 will celebrate and raise the profile of young people's achievement in science and engineering and encourage more young people to take part in STEM initiatives with support from their parents and teachers. School groups will be invited to the Fair, which will take place over three days and include 300 student projects showcasing innovation and creativity and competing in the National Science & Engineering Competition for national and international awards. The Fair will also be open to the public on the Saturday.

The British Science Association's CREST awards and the projects supported by Young Engineers' form the centre piece of the Fair. The event is being organised by an extensive partnership from across the science, technology, engineering and mathematics communities, with support from the ETB (Engineering and Technology Board).

300 projects will be selected and invited to The Big Bang to showcase their projects to over 13,000 visitors, including students, journalists, celebrities and VIPS.

The fair will represent the best the UK has to offer, with entries from students (both individuals and teams) aged 11 to 18. Projects chosen will cover all aspects of science, technology, engineering and maths (including computing) - and range from hands-on or practical, to research and test based.

Judging will start on day one of The Big Bang - with finalists shortlisted for judging again the next day. Day two will end with a glitzy and prestigious awards ceremony where winners of the National Science and Engineering Competition will be announced - plus the winners of the senior category will be crowned the UK Young Scientist and Engineer of the Year. For more information on The Big Bang visit www.thebigbangfair.co.uk.

About the National Science & Engineering Competition

The National Science & Engineering Competition is an initiative of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as a response to a recommendation in Lord Sainsbury's report 'The Race to the Top'. It is coordinated by the British Science Association in partnership with Young Engineers and The Big Bang. The competition, open to all 11-18 year olds, accepts projects from all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths. The finals of the National Science and Engineering Competition will be held at The Big Bang. For more information and a full list of sponsors go to www.nationalsciencecompetition.org


CREST (Creativity in Science and Technology) is the nationwide curriculum enrichment award scheme for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), run by the British Science Association and established over 23 years ago. Through CREST, young people aged 11-19 explore the real nature of STEM by doing their own creative project work.

A key strength of the scheme is that it encourages projects with strong industry or academia links. For the student, the award itself is a tangible recognition of success, which can be included in their personal record of achievement and helps with applications to universities, colleges and potential employers. For more information visit; www.britishscienceassociation.org/crest/

About Young Engineers

Participation in Young Engineers stimulates interest, appreciation and engagement in the practical application of engineering and technology by young people in primary and secondary education. It enables volunteer teachers and their supporters to provide exciting, challenging and creative activities that enrich the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) curriculum.

Central to Young Engineers' operations is its growing nationwide network of after school engineering clubs, which form a core constituent of the Royal Academy of Engineering's Best Programme. The network is funded and supported entirely by industry and professional institutions and is endorsed by Government. Patron is HRH The Duke of York, KG, KCVO, ADC. The Young Engineers website: www.youngeng.org provides a virtual community for teachers engaged in STEM education and offers them an invaluable resource, loaded with information and hands-on engineering activities designed both to inspire students' minds and develop their know-how

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