‘Big Bang Fair 2017’

Congratulations to Grosvenor pupils Knox Wilson, Craig Ennis and David Dugan, all Year Ten, who were recently invited to attend the prestigious, UK-wide ‘Big Bang Fair 2017’, held in Birmigham NEC from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th March.

Grosvenor’s talented triumvirate of technologists earned their invitation to this prestigious event following their victory in the Junior category at the ‘Big Bang N.I.’ event, run by Sentinus N.I. and held in Belfast last June, with their project entitled ‘insul-ate’ - a food block distribution system capable of re-use in building construction.

In all the five day trip proved to be an incredible experience for the three boys: over the duration of the event they got the chance to speak to many engineers, scientists and companies such as ‘Airbus’, ‘JCB’ and ‘Thales’ while they also had a look at some other interesting projects that were on display as part of the ‘Big Bang’ competition, with over six hundred projects competing in both the Engineering and Science categories. Unfortunately Grosvenor’s own entry did not win any prizes although they did receive some positive feedback from one of the judges at the fair, Mr Neil Patterson, Principal at ‘Silverstone UTC’ and previously a chief engineer at ‘McLaren Automotive’, who tweeted: "You have a great idea and presented well. Our world needs thinkers and problem solvers like you!" 

One particular highlight of the trip was the opportunity to meet Andrew Smyth, an aerospace engineer and ambassador for ‘Rolls Royce’, who is also from Northern Ireland and is perhaps best known from his participation in 'The Great British Bake Off’, where he finished runner-up in the 2016 series.

In addition, another interesting experience was seeing Greg Foot's 'Ocean Deep, Mountain High' in two tests where he visited the deepest oceans possible with current technology and also trekked to the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest, to test how oxygen was affected by the pressure pushing down on it and to see how humans would be affected.

Given all of these experiences it is of little surprise that the boys are keen to attend this event again next year, and are currently targeting this June’s ‘Big Bang NI’ competition in order to attain selection to do so.

Many thanks to everyone involved at the ‘Big Bang Fair’ who made the event possible, as well as GGS teachers Mrs Simpson and Mr Watts who accompanied our pupils to the event. Finally, sincere gratitide is also extended to Grosvenor’s Head of Technology and Design Mr Taggart who has supported the boys with their project over the past year, taking them to ‘Big Bang’ events at local and regional level and generally encouraging them at every stage of their journey.

Last but not least, well done to Knox, Craig and David themselves on their many successes over the past year: with continued application and ambition they can no-doubt go even further and perhaps even come away from next year’s event with some silverware to show for their efforts.

Grosvenor pupils David Dugan, Knox Wilson and Craig Ennis with Andrew Smyth, star of 'The Great British Bake Off', and GGS teacher Mrs Simpson during last week's 'Big Bang 2017' event in Birmingham.