Congratulations to Josh Mitchell who has been awarded the top prizes at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition. Josh, aged 18 from Goostrey and Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, has been awarded Engineer of the Year for his project, ‘The Plybot’, chosen from hundreds of finalists.
In his project, Josh aimed to prove that it was possible to build a 3D printer for a fraction of the commercial cost, which was easy to assemble at home and didn’t compromise on print quality. His final creation, which fits inside two 13-inch pizza boxes (unassembled), snaps together using just 18 bolts and produces print-quality that was indistinguishable from commercial printers, costs £49.
Josh, who picked up the UK Engineer of the Year 2018 title, said:
“The Big Bang Competition has been brilliant – I had such a fantastic time last year that I wanted to return this year with my project ‘The Plybot’. I’m delighted to have won and I hope the success continues into my Kickstarter campaign for The Plybot to get these low cost 3D printers into people’s hands.”
The winners will continue to show their projects to thousands of visitors to The Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham, which aims to inspire other young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The Fair is open to families on Saturday 17th March and young visitors will be able to explore all aspects of STEM, including a host of different hands-on activities, interactive workshops and stage shows.
Nikki Yates, Senior Vice President, GSK Europe, said: “The quality of entries this year was incredibly high right across the board, and highlighted some amazing young talent. It really was a tough decision when it came to picking a winner.
Over 500 finalists from across the country were selected to show their ideas at The Big Bang Fair where ten were then shortlisted to pitch Dragon’s Den-style to a panel of VIP judges – including Nikki Yates (Senior Vice President, Pharmaceuticals Europe, GSK), Andrew Smyth (Rolls-Royce aerospace engineer and former Great British Bake-Off contestant) and Alex Deakin (Met Office meteorologist and weather presenter).
Winners of The Big Bang Competition in 2017 have since gone on to enjoy a range of other achievements on the back of their successes at last year’s The Fair – including winning international awards; appearing on Springwatch; getting other young people involved in their citizen science project, taking part in conference presentations to industry professionals. https://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/media-and-press/press-releases/uk-young-engineer-of-the-year-2018-gsk-young-scientist-of-the-year-2018-announced/