At the start of British Science Week 2015, on Monday 16th March 2015 hundreds of school pupils gathered at the Celtic Manor Convention Centre, Newport to participate, view and compete in the Big Bang Fair South Wales, which was organised by STEMCymru/Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW).
The one day event saw students of ages 8 to 18 years competing in various competitions, all with a focus on Engineering:
69 teams of ‘A Level’ students showcased their Engineering projects that have been undertaken with local and national companies. All projects were judged on the day with prizes awarded to the winners in each of 16 different categories such as “Best Application of Engineering and Technology” and “Most Innovative Solution to the Project Set”. All prizes were sponsored by companies and organisations such as General Dynamics and the Department for Education and Skills.
Younger Primary school pupils competed in the South Wales Finals of the F1 in Schools Primary Challenge. Teams of pupils designed and made model cars which were raced on the day on a 20 metre track. Each team also displayed their design process and gave a verbal presentation to the judges. Prizes were sponsored by local companies.
There were many more interesting and exciting demonstrations and exhibits based around the theme of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). These included displays from relevant companies and University departments. A popular interactive challenge from C.I.T.B. required contestants to construct a 15-metre long, model cable-stayed bridge, based on the same design as the Second Severn Crossing. As they got to grips with the task, contestants discovered more about the range of career opportunities the industry has to offer.
Jaguar cars were in evidence and the Cardiff University Racing Team displayed a new interactive racing simulator which proved extremely popular. On the same theme of speed was an actual full size model of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car which will soon be attempting to break the world land speed record when it is hoped it will reach 1000 miles per hour!
Awards and prize giving took place from 2:00 pm and was announced by Rebecca John from BBC Wales.
First Minister for Wales Rt Hon Carwyn Jones visited and was extremely impressed with all the exhibits.
Professor Julie Williams CBE FLSW, Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales attended the event and presented one of the prizes, sponsored by the Department for Education and Skills for “Best Application Science”
The day closed with the Award Winners’ reception, where the award winners gathered to display their projects to engineers, participants and visiting parents and teachers.
Congratulations to the winners of EESW awards – South Wales 2014-2015
Best Overall Team Performance (Sponsored by General Dynamics)
Team 19 – Whitchurch High School 1 working with Morgan Botti Lightning Laboratory, Cardiff University
Best College Solution (Sponsored by Industry Wales)
Team 41 – Pembrokeshire College, working with Dragon LNG
Best Application of Engineering and Technology (Sponsored By The Institution of Engineering and Technology)
Team 60 – Gowerton School 1, working with Materials Live
Best Appreciation of Safety Issues (Sponsored By Institution of Mechanical Engineers)
Team 26 – Ysgol Dyffryn Taf, working with Princes Gate Water
Best Engineering Design (Sponsored By Murco)
Team 4 – Brynteg School 2, working with Spectrum Technologies
Best Energy Appreciation (Sponsored by National Grid)
Team 39 – Rougemont School 2, working with National Grid
Most Effective Application of IT (Sponsored By Ortho Clinical Diagnostics)
Team 30 – Caldicot School, working with Orb Electrical Steels
Most Effective Presentation of the Chosen Solution (Sponsored By RWE npower)
Team 3 – Brynteg School 1, working with Spectrum Technologies
Best Working Model or Prototype (Sponsored By South Wales Institute of Engineers Education Trust)
Team 37 – Caerleon Comprehensive School 2, working with Zodiac Aerospace
Project with the Most Commercial Potential (Sponsored By TATA Steel)
Team 63 – Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, working with Schaeffler
Best Appreciation of Environmental Issues (Sponsored By Valero)
Team 62 – Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe, working with Power and Water
Most Innovative Solution to the Project Set (Sponsored By Welsh Government)
Team 34 – Monmouth School, working with Renishaw
Best Application of Science (Sponsored By Welsh Government Department for Education and Skills)
Team 61 – Gowerton School 2, working with Materials Live
Best Application of Maths (Sponsored By Welsh Institute of Mathematics and Computational Sciences)
Team 5 – Cynffig Comprehensive School, working with Sony UK TEC
Best Overall Written Report (Sponsored By WJEC)
Team 31 – Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls, working with Network Rail
Most Innovative Application of an Existing Technology (Sponsored By Zodiac Aerospace)
Team 35 – Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera, working with Weartech
Congratulations to the winners of the F1 Primary School Challenge, South Wales 2015
Best Rookie Team (Sponsored By SWIEET 2007) – Gwyrosydd Primary School, Adrenaline
Best Designed Car (Sponsored By SWIEET 2007) – Pontnewynydd Primary School, TEAM POISON DART
Best Manufactured Car (Sponsored By SWIEET 2007) – Mynydd Cynffig Junior School, Cynffig Comets
Fastest Car (Sponsored By SWIEET 2007) – Trelales Primary School, TAZER
Best Use of CAD (Sponsored By Schaeffler) – Coety Primary School, Vortex
Best Verbal Presentation (Sponsored By Welsh Automotive Forum)- Groes Primary School, Super Speedy
Quickest Reaction Time (Sponsored By Wales Quality Centre) – Cwmdare County Primary School, Cwmdare Racing team 2015
Best Portfolio & Pit Display (Sponsored By Wales Quality Centre) – Caedraw Primary School, The Eliminators
Best Team Image (Sponsored By Control 2K) – Porthcawl Primary School, Porthcawl Power
2nd Place Overall (Sponsored By TATA Steel) – Caedraw Primary School, The Eliminators
1st Place Overall (Sponsored By TATA Steel) – Pontnewynydd Primary School, TEAM POISON DART