Felsted Prep Pupils Win Big Bang UK Young Scientist Awards

Felsted Prep school, which is one of Essex’s finest independent schools, is proud to announce that 3 pupils at the Prep School have stormed the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair awards.

Bethan Hudson-Lund, aged 13, and Imogen Gander and Sophie Weston, both aged 12, won the top prize in the Junior Science and Maths category at the latest Big Bang fair which was held at the ExCeL centre in East London.

They were among 450 finalists who demonstrated their science projects to judges at the fair. The judges were the famous TV physicist Professor Brian Cox, space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock,  biochemist Sir Tim Hunt (2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine) and the Science Museum’s inventor in residence, Mark Champkins.

 “Bethan, Imogen and Sophie stood out as exceptionally bright young talent who rightly deserves recognition for their project in this Competition. Seeing projects such as this just highlights how promising the future of the science and engineering industry is in the UK and I’m very excited to see what Bethan, Imogen, Sophie and their fellow finalists will do with their careers in the future.” Professor Brian Cox.

Their project was called Do heat protection hair products work? and analysed various hair stlying products to test how effective they are.

They found that many of the products on the market to protect hair from heat actually contain other chemicals which can damage hair. Chemicals causing damage include those in colourings, perfume and preservatives.

The pupils visited the Estee Lauder Manufacturing Plant where hair product are made and spent time speaking with scientists about how the products are developed and tested.

The Big Bang Fair

The Big Bang Fair is a free event held every year for students aged 7-19 years. Registration is required in advance.

The Big Bang Fair aims to engage and inspire young people through interactive and engaging activities, workshops and shows. Find out more here: http://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk

Some Footage from the Big Bang Fair with David Cameron Interview

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