Congratulations to two Loughborough Grammar School students who have beaten off competition from over 21,000 students from across the country to be crowned Winners of the UK Young Engineer of the Year 2017 title.
The annual Big Bang Competition is designed to recognise and reward young people’s achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The national contest also helps young people build skills and confidence in project-based work.
The students’ winning entry was the ‘MediVest’. After witnessing an epileptic fit, they teamed up to create a wearable vest for people with epilepsy that monitors heart rate variability and body temperature to efficiently predict a fit up to eight minutes in advance.
Once a fit is detected, the vest sends a message to both the wearer’s phone as well as possibly a carer to warn them that they need to seek help.
Over 600 finalists from across the country were selected to show their ideas at The Big Bang Fair where ten were then shortlisted to pitch Dragons’ Den-style to a panel of high profile judges, including Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE Space scientist & TV presenter, Jason Bradbury, TV presenter & gadget guru and Dr Shini Somara, Mechanical Engineer & TV presenter.
Daljit Kaur, IT teacher at Loughborough Grammar School and 2015’s TeenTech Teacher of the Year, said:
“It is a phenomenal achievement for the boys’, as well as the rest of the Loughborough Grammar School, and I am so proud of them.
“We’ve reached the finals before and have had runners up, but to win is such a feat – I hope this inspires other students from the Grammar School and across the wider Foundation. I want students to see that STEM subjects are exciting, interesting and worth studying.”
Previous winners include young people who have since gone on to successful careers in a range of high profile companies, represent the UK at international awards and even become the youngest ever entrepreneurs to appear on BBC’s Dragons’ Den.