'Big Bang' Fair 2018

Congratulations to Grosvenor pupils David Dugan, Knox Wilson, Craig Ennis, Alicia Gallgher, Lucy Milhench, Louisa Millar and Olivia Millar, each of whom recently travelled to Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre to represent Grosvenor and Northern Ireland at the esteemed ‘Big Bang’ Science and Engineering Fair, held from Tuesday 11th to Friday 16th March.  

David, Knox and Craig, all Year Eleven, were selected to attend the event following success at the province-wide ‘Young Engineers of the Year 2017’ competition, held in Jordanstown last June, where they were victorious in the main ‘Young Engineers’ category, as well as winning the ‘F.M. Environmental Award’ with their ‘LifeBlock’ project; a giant building block which can be filled with rice or water and sent to foreign shores to provide aid and/or to help with disaster relief. At March’s ‘Big Bang’ event itself, however, the boys went one step further - this time securing victory on a national scale by winning the ‘Young Water Dragons Award’ and, in the process, seeing off competition from over 2000 other hopefuls from across the United Kingdom: a truly phenomenal achievement of which they should be incredibly proud.

In addition Alicia, Lucy, Louisa and Olivia received their invitation to attend the ‘Big Bang’ event after also attaining victory in Jordanstown last June – in their case by securing the prestigious ‘IOT (Internet of Things) Award’ with their progressive project entitled ‘HEADCASE’, an app. which helps to diagnose suspected concussion and then manage it throughout schools. Although the girls did not walk away from Birmingham with any silverware to show for their efforts, they should be incredibly proud of their achievement in simply being invited to attend such an elite, prestigious event.

Many thanks to Grosvenor teachers Mrs Black, who accompanied both groups of pupils to the ‘Young Engineers’ event last June, Mrs Simpson and Mr Watts, each of whom made the journey to Birmingham in March, as well as former GGS Head of Technology and Design Mr Taggart, who also attended last June’s event and was instrumental in leading, advising and mentoring each set of pupils throughout the development of their respective projects. 

Well done to all seven of Grosvenor’s innovators on their incredible successes over recent months and we look forward to hopefully reporting on many more of their achievements in the near future.

Grosvenor pupils (from left to right) Knox Wilson, David Dugan and Craig Ennis proudly display their 'Young Water Dragons' Award at the 2018 'Big Bang' Science and Engineering Fair, held at Birmigham's National Exhibition Centre.

Representatives from each of Grosvenor's participating entries at the 2018 'Big Bang' event - 'LifeBlock' and 'HEADCASE', during this year's exhibition in Birmingham.