CREST wins big at The Big Bang Fair
The finals of the National Science + Engineering Competition took place at the Big Bang Fair last week.
We were delighted that over two thirds of those competing on the show floor had received a CREST Award for their work, and several more were CREST Award holders for other projects.
After an intense day judging on Thursday, followed by Friday’s celebrity judging, the finalists were keen to find out who had won. Little did they know that some of the winners would be announced sooner than they thought. Celebrity judges Kate Bellingham and Dallas Campbell kindly gave even more of their time to surprise some finalists on the show floor and hand out our CREST prizes. Redmoor Academy, Portsmouth High School, Congleton High School, St Paul's Girls' School, The Mount School York, Ponteland High School, Felsted School, The Bishop Bell Church of England Mathematics and Computing Specialist School, Bohunt School and The Ursuline Academy Ilford all received prizes from CREST for projects that showed high quality communication and understanding of context.
Many of those who received prizes at the award ceremony that evening also had CREST Awards, including the new Young Scientists of the Year, Ameeta and Aneeta Kumar from Reading. Their project ‘pHLIP? Beacon of hope’ investigated new processes in cancer detection. Their project found that the pHLIP protein inserts into tumours and, if labelled with flourecent dye, could help to detect cancer. They undertook their project through the Nuffield bursary scheme and acheived a CREST Gold each for their project work.
Congratulations to all the finalists that presented their work and represented youth STEM so well - each project was a credit to thier school/college and we look forward to seeing evenmore CREST projects attend in 2015!
2014 CREST Communication and Context Prize winners
Redmoor Academy - A wipe away keeps the doctor away!
Portsmouth High School - Neurogenesis: an investigation into neural genes in neuron differentiation in chick embryos
Congleton High School - Sequencing RNA-dependent RNA polymerase in feline calicivirus
St Paul's Girls' School - How do fertilisers affect the growth of plants in the rainforest
The Mount School York - Educational toy
Ponteland High School - M.A.R.V: Multi-use aid rescue vehicle
Felsted School - The power of the orange
The Bishop Bell Church of England Mathematics and Computing Specialist School - An investigation of how we prevent and control cancer
Bohunt School - ShED - Shelter for Emergency Disasters
The Ursuline Academy Ilford - Beauty and the BEES (pollinate the planet)