A group of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) pupils from Bethany School have won the Protecting the Environment Award, and £500, for their heating solution project at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. Two projects from Bethany – the (MAW) heating solution and the Honda Restoration Project – had entered the competition after qualifying in the regional finals.
Year 9 pupils, Max Brown, Alex Clarke and Will Stoneham are the creators of the MAW heating solution that is designed to mimic a solar air heater using materials that are often taken for granted such as soft drink cans. The boys had been preparing their winning project for months and were ready to be quizzed by the judges, moderators, staff and visitors.
The day was exceptionally busy with the judges being very thorough. The pupils were certainly put through their paces and they enjoyed the challenging questions and time taken by everyone to understand what had been produced. It was great to see Deputy Head, Steve Winter, on the Wednesday supporting the two teams as well as several competition pupil parents who enjoyed seeing their children present to the judges.
The participants received their finalists medals and with that, came the announcement that the MAW heating solution had won the Protecting the Environment Award. The group had to go up to the stage in front of hundreds of others to receive their prize with lots of handshakes and professional photos.
Head of Design and Technology, Marcus Norman, said: “We were all blown away and really did not expect this at all. It certainly made the day for everyone and serves true testament to the hard work and commitment from these boys. We are so very proud of this excellent result.”
The Big Bang Competition recognises and rewards young people’s achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), whilst providing them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.