Sussex student wins IOP L&SE Branch prize

22 July 2015

Sussex schoolboy Nick Barham will represent the South East in the prestigious National Science + Engineering Competition (NSEC) finals next March after winning four awards at a regional science fair.

Sussex schoolboy Nick Barham

Nick, a student at Sackville School, East Grinstead, was runner-up in the Junior Science/Maths category in the NSEC regional heats, held at the Big Bang Fair South East, with his project “Planet Hunter”. He will represent the South East at the national finals in Birmingham next March.

The project also won the Elekta Award for Science, the Institute of Physics Prize for Physics and the Photek Prize for Enthusiasm in Project Work at the Big Bang Fair South East.

And there was further success at the fair for fellow Sackville School students Jenny Brockbank, Ellie Bush, Isabel Jeffries and Beth Yates. Their project “Designing, Testing and Making a Telescope” won the South East Physics Network (SEPnet) Prize for Physics.

The fourth annual Big Bang Fair South East, which is the biggest event of its kind in the region and was this year attended by more than 7,000 students aged between 9 and 19, was organised by STEM Sussex, the STEM outreach support department of the University of Brighton. Principal sponsors of the event were Crawley-based CGG, the world’s leading geophysical company.

The next Big Bang Fair South East will be held in late June 2016.