A re-usable flood barrier and a calibration scale for a sensor to detect prostate cancer were amongst the prize-winners announced at the prestigious BA CREST Science Fair yesterday evening.
Sixteen awards were presented by Met Office weather forecaster Helen Young at the ceremony at the Royal Society, London, attended by the media, eminent scientists, educationalists and government officials. They were selected from 90 of the best projects done by young people in the field of science and technology from across the UK.
'At the Met Office we employ over 1500 scientific and technical staff, so we are acutely aware of the need to encourage the scientists of the future,’ said Helen Young. She added: ‘It is particularly pleasing for me to see so many young women doing so well in these awards.’
The BA CREST Science Fair is a showcase for some of the best project work done by young people in the field of science and technology from across the UK where 150 young people from ages 11-19 display their research projects.
BA Chief Executive Dr Roland Jackson said: ‘The projects represent the work of the best young scientists in the UK and hopefully our future Nobel Prize Winners, scientific entrepreneurs and technologists.’
‘Many students have had the opportunity of working alongside practising scientists,’ said Mr. Andrew Hunt, Vice President of the BA and head of the panel of judges. ‘What has impressed me most is that many of the students have made an original contribution to a valid and important piece of research.’