Eco Brick wins award for talented student

Eco Brick wins award for talented student from Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School in Cheshire sponsored by Air Products for ‘Protecting the Environment’.
James Millington picked up the coveted prize at The Big Bang Competition during The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair.
Held during science week at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, the event attracted over 70,000 visitors.
Air Products sponsored the ‘Protecting the Environment’ award, which is designed to celebrate an entry that showed promise of giving the world more productive, energy efficient and sustainable solutions.
Air Products’ engineering excellence covers large process plants through to niche innovations; and its products include everything from welding and fabrication, food and beverage, health and personal care to energy, transportation and new technologies.
The company has recently signed up to this year’s Educate Awards, as sponsors of the Career Aspiration category.
Radio host Chris Ridge, Professor Neil A Downie and Lynn Willacy judged the entries on behalf of Air Products and, after reviewing all the projects, James Millington was named the winner thanks to his innovative ‘Eco Brick’ design, a brick made from recycled household waste.
Commenting on James’ design, judge Chris Ridge said: “It was great to see so many innovative and interesting projects from these talented young people.
“The variety and depth of the students’ knowledge was exceptional with projects ranging from wind turbines made out of recycled materials; using algae to solve the future fuel shortages and our winner the ‘Eco Brick’ made out of recycled domestic waste and thermoplastics. Well done to everyone who took part.”
Since winning his award, James has visited the Air Products’ Europe, Middle East and Asia Research and Development centre in Basingstoke where he spoke with Neil Downie and investigated how using liquid nitrogen may enhance his ‘Eco Brick’ design.

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