Four inspirational Year 10 girls from Gateacre School were announced Junior Science Winner of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition 2019 for their project “Naturally Infused”. The UK finals took place at the Big Bang Fair at the Birmingham NEC.
The students designed and produced a range of natural bath and skin care which is kind to skin and the environment, using innovative, eye-catching designs because they decided that ‘natural needn’t be boring’!
Their ‘Naturally Infused’ products have natural healing properties to combat skin conditions such as eczema, as well as having anti-bacterial fighting agents.
Gina Kane, business development manager at Gateacre School the girls’ project mentor said: “We are so proud of them, presenting to VIP judging panels and thousands of excited visitors over two days was a great opportunity for the girls to develop their interpersonal skills, inspire others and put the fun into science!
“This is quite an achievement as the Big Bang Competition is open to all schools across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland which recognises and rewards young people’s achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The fair is the largest celebration of STEM for young people in the UK with exciting shows, interactive workshops, amazing displays and exhibits including careers information from the professionals.
The fair gives young people the chance to hear from inspiring engineers and scientists from some of the UK’s biggest companies and find out about the opportunities available in STEM. Visitors can discover virtual reality, medicine, marine biology, film and TV, space exploration, explosive chemistry, crime solving, robots, computer coding, microscopic bugs, giant trucks and more.
Glynn Roberts, director at Unilever, said: “I wanted to congratulate the Gateacre students on their success at the recent National Big Bang. At Unilever we are immensely proud of them, for their ideas, their passion and enthusiasm but most importantly for the ambassadors they have become for women in science.
“It has been a privilege to watch them progress from four shy young ladies who didn’t want their photos taken, through their success at the regional Big Bang where they gave an awe inspiring talk to the Metro Mayor on their thoughts on the importance of promoting women in science and now winning the national event. I can only say they are a credit to their school…and they should be proud of them.”