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Featherstone makes it to Big Bang competition finals

Southall’s Featherstone High School has reached the finals of the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition for its dotFlow which is a refreshable braille display created by two Year 12 pupils Mohammad and Nizar.  

The annual competition, aimed at Years 10-12, saw schools across the UK take part. Schools including the finalists will be going to The Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham from 19 to 21 June 2024 where the winners will be revealed. There are three awards with a £1,000 prize being given out for Young Engineer, UK Young Scientist and Young Technologist.

dotFlow refreshable braille display entered into The Big Bang competition. Photo: Featherstone High School

The aim of the annual Big Bang Fair is to inspire young people to consider careers in STEM.

Phil McShane, associate director of The Big Bang programme said: “This year we’ve had hundreds of young people enter more than 300 projects into the competition and the standard of the projects has been really high. The Big Bang Competition judges were extremely impressed with the creativity and innovation shown to solve real-world challenges demonstrated by all the young people who participated.”

EALING.NEWS reached out to Featherstone High School to find out more and spoke to Bianca Williams, associate assistant headteacher about what it means to enter and reach the finals.

Is this the first time the school has entered the competition?
Last year we had a student participate in this competition and they successfully made it through to the finals. They went on to win the LIYSF prize (London International Youth Science Forum) for their project titled ResQDrone.

As part of this prize, they received a fully funded place to attend the LIYSF held at Imperial College London, this included a full 15-day residential programme.

What does it mean to be one of the finalists?
It is an incredible achievement for these students to be finalists in the Big Bang Competition, particularly as it is nationally renowned. This speaks volumes of their ability to work well as a partnership, their dedication to their project, and their willingness to accept new challenges. Having successfully entered and won 1st place in the Imperial Change-makers competition, this later inspired them to enter for the Big Bang competition. The Big Bang competition will provide them with the forum to share their amazing project with the rest of the world, where they will continue to work towards creating sustainable solutions for the visually impaired.

We are incredibly proud of them both and greatly inspired by their tenacity, drive and determination.

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