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Student's big hopes for science competition

Published on 26/01/17

A student from Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form has won a place in the finals of a competition to find the UK’s brightest young scientists and engineers.

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition aims to recognise and reward young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) and provide them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.

Year 13 Sir Isaac Newton student Amber Johnson submitted a project on facial recognition software for people who have medical conditions that mean they can’t use traditional systems.

She started work on the project during a four-week Nuffield Research placement at the University of East Anglia in summer 2016.

Her project will now be showcased at the competition finals, which take place at the Big Bang Fair at the Birmingham NEC on March 15 and 16.

The finalists will compete for the top and runner up prizes in the junior, intermediate, and senior categories for science and engineering, as well as the coveted title of UK Young Scientist of the Year 2017.

Assistant principal Chris Jennings said: “Amber’s impressive project is the result of months of hard work, inspired by her research placement at UEA last summer.

“Her achievement shows the value of these placements in the wider scientific community, which we encourage all our students to apply for.

“We wish Amber every success in the finals."