The Big Bang National Science And Engineering Competition

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THE BIG BANG - National Science and Engineering Competition

Date: 10th July 2013

BIG BANG – National Science and Engineering Competition (Yorkshire and Humberside)

I know this is a trifle late but it really was such an exciting event that I thought I’d just write a few lines.

Because the event was held at the Yorkshire Air Museum, in my capacity as a Vice President, I was asked to officially open the event and present one of the prizes.

There were around 1,500 youngsters, many of them having set up their ‘stalls’ in the massive hangar. There they were displaying their inventions which ranged from a sit on box with a fixed shoe to help children learn to tie their shoe laces, through a Quadcopter with a Head Mask through which the camera/copter could be guided, to a Skeleton Cello. Although I’m not musical (I chose speech and drama lessons over ballet and the piano) I admire those who are but realise there are certain instruments the cost of which would make learning almost prohibitive. The Bradford Girls Grammar had invented a skeleton cello which comprised a ‘plank’ with strings etc which when played through an amplifier mimicked the sound of a cello. The ‘instrument’ was so simple and light that anyone could carry it and I’m sure, if put into production, would be relatively inexpensive.

It was incredibly difficult for me to award a cup after having spoken to dozens of eager young students. I was impressed with the self assurance and the inventiveness. In the end I gave my prize to the Skeleton Cello. Don’t worry, there were about 3 dozen other cups and awards so many got prizes.

There were also stands where past winners were demonstrating some rather amazing things. The Joseph Whitaker School was displaying an Electric Racing Car – as were a few others – but these students had also invented a ‘portable’ wind tunnel. So successful has it been, that firms are placing orders.

By the time I arrived at 10.00 the event was well and truly under way – incredibly well organized. And at the end of the event, they all disappeared so quickly you could hardly credit they’d been there – apart from the rubbish!! Oh dear, why are the modern generation so untidy and thoughtless when it comes to discarding their crisp packets, chocolate wrappers and plastic mugs.

That said, I was incredibly impressed by the Event, the organisation and the youngsters taking part.

The winners will all go on to the final heat in London.

Because I was busy talking to the students I didn't have time to use my camera but there were several photos in the Regional newspapers.  I'll try and source one for you.

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