A student from Swanwick Hall School in Alfreton has will be heading to the UK final of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition on March 15 and 16 after wowing judges at the regional heats.
Year 10 student Sam Faloon impressed the judges with his spherical remote controlled robot as per BB8 from Star Wars.
He will go on to join over 200 other project teams from across the UK in the finals, which take place during The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair at the Birmingham NEC, in March.
The Big Bang Competition is an annual contest designed to recognise and reward young people’s achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), as well as helping them build skills and confidence in project-based work.
The competition is open to 11 to 18-year-olds, and gives participants the chance to compete for top prizes such as international experiences worth over £50,000 and prestigious awards such as GSK UK Young Scientist and UK Young Engineer of the Year.
Commenting on Sam Faloon’s success, Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, which organises The Competition said: “This year’s entries to The Big Bang Competition highlight how talented the UK’s young scientists and engineers are.
“It’s easy to see why Sam Faloon’s project has secured a place at the national finals. We’re now excited about seeing all the finalists come together at The Fair in March, where they will have the chance to impress the judges and inspire other young visitors.”
“Congratulations to Sam Faloon and Swanwick Hall School and good luck for the final.”
Ben Deaville Science Club Leader from Swanwick Hall School said: “Having the opportunity to put theory into practice has been great fun. Sam plans a future career in special effects for films and television. The project has helped Sam to develop technical skills. To be through to the national final is the icing on the cake – Sam can’t wait to show off his project again and hope to come back from the UK finals in March with an award!”