The talents of the UK’s brightest young scientists were last night rewarded as they won prizes at the prestigious BA CREST Science Fair, held at the Royal Society, London.
Top projects included an investigation into the affect of flowers on hospital wards, a project to examine violins of varying qualities and the development of a chocolate bar that doesn’t melt in warm weather. The prizes were awarded by TV scientist Kathy Sykes.
“We often hear it reported that there is a shortage of students taking an interest in science and technology, so it is very reassuring to see the high level of the projects in this year’s BA CREST Science Fair,” said Dr Roland Jackson, Chief Executive of the BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science), which organises the event.
“We would like to congratulate all the students who reached the final, and in particular those who will go on represent the UK at international science fairs.
“Science is vital to our quality of life and to our economic development. It is young people like these who will be the future of our country and it is important that we encourage them to take an interest not only in science and its applications, but also its implications.”
Two students, Linden Webster (Beeslack Community High School, Penicuik) and Mary Elizabeth McGeown (Sacred Heart Grammar School, Rathfriland, County Down) will be taking their projects to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held in Portland, Oregon.
Hester Baverstock (Bexhill Community College, East Sussex) will be representing the UK at the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar in December, where she will have the opportunity to meet Nobel Prize winners.
Full list of prizewinners