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National STEM champions make a ‘Splash’ in Europe

Posted on 20 Oct 2019 and read 792 times
National STEM champions make a ‘Splash’ in EuropeWinners of the GSK UK Young Engineers of the Year from Loughborough Schools Foundation, in the East Midlands, have won an award at the prestigious EUCYS (EU Contest for Young Scientists) held in Bulgaria (www.ec.europa.eu).

Grace Lord, Brendan Miralles and Aalia Sellar showcased their ‘Music Splash’ app, which uses the latest computing techniques to analyse music recitals and provide tailored suggestions to improve performance. The winners say “Music Splash guides you to instant perfection and is like a music teacher in an app.”

The 15-year-old students were also awarded the GSK UK Young Engineers of the Year title at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition held in March. They beat over 200 finalists from the UK to win £2,000 in prize money and have had the opportunity to complete work experience at GSK (www.gsk.com).

The Big Bang Competition (www.thebigbangfair.co.uk) regularly provides opportunities for finalists to compete at international STEM competitions, to foster collaboration and to give ‘budding scientists and engineers’ the chance to learn from contemporaries at a global level.

This year alone, Big Bang finalists have won prizes at three major international STEM competitions including a prize at ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) held in May in the USA and a silver medal in China at CASTIC (China Adolescents Science & Technology Innovation Contest) held in July.

Dr Hilary Leevers, CEO of Engineering-UK said: “We’re really proud of our Big Bang Competition winners who have continued to be successful on the international stage. The Big Bang Fair and Big Bang Competition are a great source of STEM inspiration for young people, teachers and parents, and provide opportunities that not only bring classroom learning to life but are a chance to develop and broaden horizons beyond formal education.”