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Crawley students bid for national science award

Date: March 9, 2017

Crawley students bid for national science award

Students from a Crawley school are in the running to win a prestigious national award this month.

The team from St Wilfrid’s Catholic College will take a project to the national Big Bang Fair, at the NEC, Birmingham, from 15th-18th March, where among the awards on offer are the coveted titles of GSK UK Young Scientist and UK Young Engineer of the Year 2017.

They qualified to take part in the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Young Engineers competition after winning regional awards at the Big Bang Fair South East last June. The awards, which attract thousands of entries from throughout the country, recognise and reward young people’s achievements in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The team of Year 11 students Naina Trivedi, Gina Ardines and Vienna Cooper submitted a project called “BEATS: The effects of music on heart rate” and won the CGG Prize for Mathematics and the EMC Prize for Data Analysis, as well as being named runners-up in the Intermediate/Senior Science category of the regional Big Bang awards.

The 16-year-olds’ project involved monitoring how a person’s heart rate changes while they listen to their favourite music, and they tested over 150 people across a wide age range, including both staff and students at St Wilfrid’s.

They formed partnerships with companies including Toshiba Medical and Thales and were also mentored by a representative of BT.

“As musicians and keen scientists, we combined our interests to produce a project using biology, psychology, maths and music,” they say. “We are excited to have the opportunity now to present the project at the Big Bang finals in Birmingham.”

The Big Bang Fair South East, part of the nationwide Big Bang Near Me programme, is the culmination of Crawley STEMfest, organised by STEM Sussex (University of Brighton) in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Central Sussex College. The headline sponsor is Gatwick Airport Limited.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition, which are open to 11-18-year-olds throughout the UK. Regional heats will be held at the Big Bang Fair South East, at the South of England Showground, on 28th June 2017. More information here.


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