Croydon student secures place at young scientists and engineers competition – In Your Area


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A student from Trinity School in Croydon was honoured with a place at a competition that aims to recognise and reward young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Surya Vijayanand wowed the judges with his project ‘Building a bionic forearm from scratch to replicate human hand movements’.

The aim of this project was to create a bionic arm on a limited budget from recyclable materials that could form a fist and hold objects. Surya used an Arduino board wired to motors to control the movement of the fingers. The design went through three iterations, with each stage producing smoother hand movements.

Surya will represent the UK at the 62nd London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF).

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LIYSF is a two-week residential event held at Imperial College London, with lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visits to industrial sites, research centres, scientific institutions and organisations, including world-class laboratories and universities.

Surya will receive a fully-funded place, which includes the full 15-day residential programme at Imperial College London, with main lectures from top scientists, specialist lectures across a raft of STEM fields and visits out across the UK to University Departments and Science Institutions. All meals and accommodation provided.

Surya’s project was one of 200 submitted to 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 Surya, Dr Hilary Leevers, chief executive of EngineeringUK, which organises The Big Bang Competition, said: “Surya really impressed the judges with his project and congratulations to him on winning this award.

“This year’s Big Bang Competition ran a little differently to normal due to the Covid-19 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.”

Richard Myhill, London International Youth Science Forum chief executive said: “We are thrilled to welcome Surya as the 2021 Big Bang Winner to represent the UK at this year’s 62nd LIYSF.

"He joins our first ever hybrid event this summer. It is vital in these times that we offer opportunities to young people to enable them to pursue their passion in STEM.”

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