Aylesbury student takes top food prize at the Big Bang Competition – In Your Area


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Roselyn Kamugisha from Aylesbury High School

Submitted by The Big Bang Fair

A student from a high school in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, was honoured with The Just Eat Takeaway ‘Sustainability in the Food Industry’ Special Award in The Big Bang Competition.

Roselyn Kamugisha, from Aylesbury High School, wowed the judges with her project ‘The Perfect Hydroponic Setup’. For this project, Roselyn used data from previous crop entries, and found the best growing conditions, for example, whether they were getting enough light or water by building a circuit using an Arduino device and sensors.

The Just Eat Takeaway ‘Sustainability in the Food Industry’ Special Award recognises a project that looks to improve sustainability within the food industry. Roselyn will receive £500 and a framed certificate.

Roselyn was chosen from over 200 young people from across the country to be finalists of The Big Bang Competition, an annual contest designed to recognise and reward young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), as well as helping them build skills and confidence in project-based work.

Congratulating Roselyn, Dr. Hilary Leevers, chief executive of EngineeringUK, which organises The Big Bang Competition, said: “Roselyn really impressed the judges with her project and congratulations to her on winning this award.

“This year’s Big Bang Competition ran a little differently to normal due to the pandemic. We’re incredibly impressed by the entries we’ve received.

“Young people throughout the past 16 months have shown great resilience and determination - they have had to manage multiple lockdowns, periods of remote learning and restricted access to equipment.

“To see the ambition, passion, and enthusiasm for their projects at such a difficult time is truly inspiring. It certainly bodes well for the future that the scientists, engineers, and inventors of tomorrow are already producing such astute and creative project work - congratulations to all those involved.”

Izzy Clark, from Just Eat Takeaway, said: “While we were blown away by each and every project shortlisted, we were especially impressed by both Roselyn’s project and her presentation - it was to the point, well-researched and creative. She demonstrated a genuine passion for sustainability and spoke with enthusiasm and confidence.

“Working alone or over video calls during the pandemic, without regular access to school facilities was tricky for all the excellent candidates but they took it in their stride. Judging these projects was truly heartening and we want to thank the students for all their hard work.”

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