Physics prize from the IOP is presented at Big Bang Fair

17 March 2014

Sixth-form student Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh has won the Institute of Physics Prize in the National Science and Engineering Competition.

The IOP’s chief executive, Prof. Paul Hardaker, presented the prize to him at the Big Bang Fair on 14 March. Giovannetti-Singh was one of around 200 individuals and teams who reached the finals of the competition and displayed their projects at the four-day fair in Birmingham, which attracted more than 60,000 visitors. The fair attracts visitors from throughout the UK with a combination of science demonstrations, shows and activities.

Physics prize from the IOP is presented at Big Bang Fair
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Gianamar (left) receives his prize from Prof. Paul Hardaker


Giovannetti-Singh, a 16-year-old student at Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, won the CREST Silver Medal in the competition last year and was the Junior UK Young Scientist of the Year and a CREST Gold Medal Winner in 2012. For winning the Institute’s physics prize he will receive £500 and the opportunity to visit a cutting edge research centre and meet the scientists who work there.

His winning project was “The search for quantum gravity – how much information can fit in a box? A gedanken experiment to derive the holographic principle.” Prof. Hardaker said: “Many congratulations to Gianamar on winning this year’s prize for the best physics project at the Big Bang Fair. This was a very ambitious project, which showed great initiative and ingenuity on Gianamar’s part. It’s really encouraging to see his enthusiasm for physics.”

The overall title of UK Young Scientists of the Year was awarded jointly to twin sisters Ameeeta and Aneeta Kumar from the Abbey School, Reading, for their project on developing an early diagnostic tool for cancer. The UK Young Engineer of the Year prize went to Rebecca Simpson from Dame Alice Owen’s School, Potter’s Bar, for developing an arcade game to help GCSE students revise for design technology and maths.

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