Regional Big Bangs covering our branch area 2013

15 July 2013

Once again the SE Region Big Bang was part of the Crawley Festival being held at the Hawth on 2 July.

Once again the SE Region Big Bang was part of the Crawley Festival being held at the Hawth on 2 July. The Branch representatives were Bob Boutland and Alex McDowell who were part of the judging team for the National Science and Engineering Competition, (NSEC). Also present was Lee Crouch, (branch support officer),  with a band of Volunteers at a physics stand. (See Photograph)

Branch certificates were also presented to deserving physics. This year there were 2 physics prizes from the branch and also a SEPnet prize for communication of Physics and Engineering.  Other prizes were provided by CGC, Thales, Crawley Borough Council, 4D, Doosan, Eurotherm, Gamesman, Ricardo, Southern Water, Land securities, Tesle, Nestle Academy, University of Brighton, Pyroban, West Sussex Council as well as the CREST prizes, Young Engineer for Britain prizes, and places at the National Big Bang for 2014.

SEPnet Award for Communication of Physics and Engineering: Kent College, Canterbury, ‘What Makes Theme Park Rides Fun?’

IOP Prize for Physics – Junior: St Richard’s Catholic College, Bexhill-on-sea, ‘Wishing on a Star’
IOP Prize for Physics – Intermediate: Hove Park School and Sixth Form, Brighton, ‘Modelling a Martian Lander’
The full list of prize-winners for the SE Region big Bang is at

The London Region Big Bang was held in Westminster College, Grays Inn Road and whilst there were fewer prizes there was plenty of activity.  The branch junior prizes went to Energy transfers in chain reactions: Villiers High School and Does your choice of hair dye matter? Maria Fidelis Convent School Lower School and the Intermediate Prize to the RFID Crack Detector: St. Paul's Girls' School.  There was no senior physics prize but there were plenty of good senior engineering projects.  A full prize list is at

The East of England Region Big Bang was again held at Duxford. Prof Peter Kalmus and Bob Boutland represented the branch both being NSEC judges. Many prizes were available as well as the main Young Engineers, Crest and National Competition Places.  The Branch Winner was from Leighton Middle School “The building and internal structure of a Theramin”

The winners list and photographs are not available at the time of writing.