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Crawley Students Win Major Science Awards

Date: March 19, 2018

Crawley Students Win Major Science Awards

Students from two Crawley schools have won prizes at the national finals of the Big Bang UK Young Scientist and Engineers’ Competition.

A team of boys from St Wilfrid’s Catholic School have won the Intermediate Engineering category of the Big Bang Competition, held this week in Birmingham.

The winning project ‘Mindmote’, entered by Rushil Patel, Benjamin Piggott, Aaron Erickson and Darren Da Silva, involved developing a device for the less mobile to control common household appliances with brain waves.

Mr Michael Ferry, Headteacher at St Wilfrid’s Catholic School reacted to the win:

“The students’ talents have been recognised, not just as young engineers but as people with intellectual curiosity, high levels of motivation and a desire to make a difference.

The Mindmote project is a testimony to this and not only has it provided them with the National Intermediate Award but has also attracted plaudits from across the industry, most notably from the Chief Engineer of Thales who will be providing equipment, including an electric wheelchair, for the group to take their research into a real world scenario.

The excitement and passion to continue with their work is truly inspiring, not only to students across the school but to the staff as well.”

Meanwhile, the Hazelwick team of Shivam Patel, Kirshen Mistry and Duvarakan Gunaratnam won the Environment Prize (sponsored by Air Products) and were runners up in the Intermediate Engineering category for their project ‘SKD Stealth Air’, in which they created a drone to help them investigate the air quality in the local area.

Both Crawley teams have performed exceedingly well to come out on top at this prestigious event after a long and competitive entry process. They were awarded their place in the finals by winning the South East heats last June at the Big Bang Fair South East, organised by STEM Sussex as part of Crawley STEMfest.

Describing her reaction to the projects, Chief Judge of the Big Bang Fair South East, Margaret Ajibode, Obatec Ltd, shared her experiences:

“As Chief Judge at the Big Bang Fair South East, I have had the privilege of seeing the talent of our young people go from strength to strength. The projects completed by the winning teams have huge potential to make a real impact on people’s lives and go to show how following a STEM path can be rewarding and innovative.”

Young people from Crawley, and beyond, are being encouraged to enter the 2018 heats, being held on the first day of the Big Bang Fair South East, 27th June 2018. Students can enter projects they’ve worked on at school, in a STEM Club, or at home. To enter, head to or email for more information.

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The University of Brighton through STEM Sussex will be hosting Crawley STEMfest in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Crawley College.

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