Bethany School pupils win special prize award at the Big Bang Competition

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Three Year 9 and 10 pupils from Bethany School beat thousands of applicants from across the country to win a coveted national award, Protecting the Environment Award, at the Big Bang Competition in Birmingham.

The purpose of this award is to celebrate a project that shows promise of giving the world more productive, energy efficient and sustainable solutions.
Max Brown, Alexander Clarke and William Stoneham – the creators of the ‘MAW Heating Solution’ – have worked hard on their winning project for months, since qualifying from the initial heats in November.

The ‘MAW Heating Solution’ is designed to mimic a solar air heater using materials that are often taken for granted such as soft drinks cans.

The project was a result of environmental research carried out by the pupils, and they discovered individual households in the UK can require up to 30,000-kilowatt hours of energy each year.

The heater is simple, cheap and made from accessible recyclable materials that are heated from the sun and surrounding air which could then be transferred to a house.

Headmaster, Francie Healy, said: “We are incredibly proud of Max, Alex and Will for winning the Protecting the Environment Award. This was richly deserved and is a genuinely innovative project designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Their achievement is the result of hard work and perseverance over the last few months.”

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.