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Boys Present Cutting Edge Research at The Big Bang

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Bolton School Sixth Form Boys got the chance to present their findings from cutting edge research at the Big Bang: UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, the biggest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the UK.

The boys were finalists in the National Science & Engineering Competition which took centre stage at the fair, held this year for the first time outside of London, at Manchester Central. Toryn Dalton displayed his research on the role of the CLN3 gene in Batten Disease, and Elliot Yates his research into Osteoarthritic Progression. Both boys worked in collaboration with the University of Manchester on their research projects, and had their own stands at the fair to show off their hard work to over 15,000 scientists, engineers, students, parents, employers, teachers and celebrities.

The Rt. Hon. Lord Drayson, Minster for Science and Innovation, launched the event. He said: "The purpose of The Big Bang is to inspire young people about science and engineering; the future generations we need in disciplines that are crucial to our long-term wellbeing and economic success. A particular highlight is the final of the National Science & Engineering Competition, involving some of the brightest young engineers and scientists in the country."

The boys entered their projects through the British Science Association CREST Scheme and did extremely well to reach the final. However the Young Engineer of the Year was revealed as Shawn Brown, in recognition of his Solar Bike, a bamboo framed electric trike, and the Young Scientist of the Year was revealed as Thomas Hearing for his project using precision GPS.

Among the visitors were a group of Year 9 boys from Bolton School who got to explore the wonders of science and engineering through a weird and wonderful range of exhibits on offer from over 80 different science and engineering organisations. The exhibition area was divided into four zones: The Next Factor (innovation, ideas and research for tomorrow's world), Body Talk (exciting ways in which we can create a fit and healthy future), Go Global (the major challenges facing our global village and the ways in which clever thinking is solving them), and Power Up (balancing our rising energy demands with the need to conserve resources.) There were live stage shows of 'Brainiac', BBC1's 'Bang Goes the Theory' and The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, and careers information, advice and guidance for students.

Sir Anthony Cleaver from Engineering UK who led the event, summed up the ethos of the Fair in his welcome speech, saying: "With the right support and inspiration, the children of today will become the scientists and engineers of tomorrow."


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Ian Taylor MP, who chairs the Conservative policy group on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, with Toryn Dalton

Elliot Yates

Elliot Yates presents his research on Osteoarthritic Progression

Bolton School boys

Bolton School boys explored the wonders of science and engineering at the Fair