Creative thinkers win Young Water Dragons 2018 Award

Students from Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast were recently honoured with the Future Water Association Young Water Dragons prize at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition.

The students wowed the judges with their project entitled LifeBlock. As part of the project, the team created a concept to send aid to developing countries and countries that have experienced natural disasters. Once a flood has been contained, the Lifeblock can then be used to build suitable housing and other buildings.

The students from Grosvenor Grammar School were chosen from over 500 finalists from across the country in The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition after pitching their project to judges.

The Big Bang Competition is an annual contest designed to recognise and reward young people’s achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), as well as helping them build skills and confidence in project-based work.

Congratulating the winning team, Chief Executive of Engineering UK which organises The Big Bang Competition said: “Looking at this innovative project it’s easy to see why it stood out to the judges, however we’ve been blown away by the quality of entries from all the finalists – not only for their brilliant work but for showcasing it to crowds of people at The Big Bang Fair.

“It certainly bodes well for the future that the scientists, engineers and inventors of tomorrow are already producing such astute and creative project work.” Paul Horton, CEO of Future Water Association said: “The Future Water Association is delighted to have taken part in The Big Bang Competition this year. We were looking for creative thinking in the student’s engagement with water science and technology and we found this in bucket loads! We have certainly seen some of Britain’s finest young minds at work here and choosing our Young Water Dragon for 2018 was a real challenge. Our winners have the potential to go a long way in the water industry and create a sustainable future for the environment and generations to come.”

Students from Grosvenor Grammar School received their Young Water Dragons trophy from Sara Venning, Cheif Executive Officer, Northern Ireland Water

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The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. Taking place at The NEC in Birmingham, it celebrates and raises the profile of young people’s achievement in science and engineering, and encourage more young people to take part in science, technology, engineering and maths initiatives with support from their parents and teachers.

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