Formby pupil bags Big Bang prize for engineering effort

A high school pupil from Formby has engineered himself a big win at a national convention.

Ben Pott, of Formby High School, got more than just a fun day out when he attended the national Big Bang Fair at Birmingham’s NEC recently.

There were a variety of tasks at the civil engineering stand, including looking into greener waste management systems, building a mini wind turbine, trying to build a Leaning Tower of Pisa that doesn’t lean, and more.

All the pupils who completed their tasks had their names put into a draw, and Ben was one of the four lucky ones picked as a winner.

During assembly at the school last week, Ben was presented with a pair of coveted Beats headphones as well as a certificate of merit from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), one of the world’s oldest professional bodies.

After presenting the award Darrell Matthews, North West Regional Director of the Institution of Civil Engineers, said: “Ben and 3,000 other young people got the chance to show their creativity and ingenuity in tackling a range of activities on the civil engineering stand, and Ben was one of just four awarded a prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers.

“Those fun challenges were a taster of what Ben and his fellow pupils at Formby High School could be doing in a few years’ time if they choose a career in civil engineering.

“It could be a career designing tunnels, bridges, flood defences, or coming up with new ways of handling waste or modernising our energy supply. And with a growing population, a changing climate and new technologies emerging – we need civil engineers more than ever.”

Ben, 13, said: “I really enjoyed my experience at the Big Bang Fair and am looking forward to using my new Beats headphones!”

Miss Atherton, who led Formby High School’s trip to the fair, said: “I was thrilled to hear that Ben had won a competition he entered whilst on the Big Bang trip.

“It is great to see that students are inspired about STEM-related career opportunities and that there are lots of avenues for them to take.”

Mr Mackenzie, headteacher at Formby High School, said: “We are delighted to see Ben rewarded for his creativity and ingenuity at the recent Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.

“The school places particular importance on STEM, recognising the importance these educational paths have on future innovation and development in Britain and beyond.

“We would like to congratulate Ben on his accomplishment and living up to the school motto ‘Determined to Achieve’.”

The Big Bang Fair is the UK’s largest event to celebrate science and engineering with young people, and this year’s event at Birmingham NEC attracted over 80,000 visitors.