Teams of up and coming young scientists entered the Dragons’ Den at the finals of the Bright Spark Awards 2018 held at Discovery Park.
Student duo Zubair Asim and Kevin John from Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, in Canterbury, won the annual science contest for schools. They impressed the judges with a project to improve earthquake prediction by monitoring ambient radiation.
Zubair said: “It feels amazing to come up with this idea and then to progress it massively into something that has massive potential for the future for earthquake detection.”
The team won the £500 prize money, trophy, and a framed certificate – plus a bonus experience prize donated by Pfizer that will be tailored to the group.
Science schools competition open to schools across Kent and SE London
Organised by the KM Charity Team, the Bright Spark Awards contest was open to primary and secondary schools in Kent, Medway, and Bexley.
The top 12 teams were invited to the dragons’ den style competition final at Discovery Park in Sandwich. All were filmed at their schools prior to the final and each video was screened before the teams of pupils took to the stage.
Youngsters presented a variety of innovations, investigations, and inventions before fielding questions from a panel of judges which included representatives from Astro Communications, Pfizer, BAE Systems Rochester, Discovery Park, Megger, Global Associates, Golding Vision (part of Golding Homes), and Highways England.
Stairway to better power proves a winner at KM Bright Sparks
Another team from Simon Langton Grammar, Project Stairgen, was a big winner at the event. Their product – designed to improve safety in the home – works by capturing the energy of walking up or down stairs to power lights on the staircase.
Their innovation captured the attention of Paul Weatherfield from Global Associates who offered a bonus prize of a £250 investment in the product to get it developed further. And Stairgen were also the winners of an experience prize and goody bags donated by Megger.
Martin Heritage, engineering programme manager for Megger, praised the event saying there was “great passion and enthusiasm from all the students – and some really complex and innovative ideas.”
Dragons dished out experience prizes to the projects that really stood out for them and Golding Homes rewarded no less than four teams. Perfect Bath Bomb from Invicta Grammar in Maidstone and Fluid Power Project from Aylesford School received experience prizes from the housing organisation, while two teams from Homewood School and Sixth Form in Tenterden – Lowering KS2 Nerves and Anxiety, and Microplastics in Our Ecosystems – received goody bags.
To find out more, including how to take part next year, visit www.KmCharityTeam.co.uk/BrightSpark
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