On Thursday Rogan McGilp, Ethan Dunbar-Baker and Stuart Chau were announced as the UK Young Engineer of the Year 2016 in the National Science + Engineering Competition.
The team, pupils at Old Swinford Hospital in Stourbridge have built a full size hot rod designed to be accessible for those with disabilities. The creative inspiration for the build is Rogan’s brother David, who has Down’s Syndrome and is wheelchair bound. The car was showcased at the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair.
The team built the car in just three months after lessons and in between revising for exams. Headmaster Paul Kilbride said “This is an outstanding achievement for the boys who were able to showcase all of their hard work at the exhibition.”
Over 200 finalists from across the country were selected to show their ideas at the Big Bang Fair. Ten were then shortlisted to pitch Dragon’s Den-style to a panel of high profile judges, including astronaut Dr Helen Sharman and scientist and TV presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock.
The National Science + Engineering Competition, organised by the British Science Association, is an annual contest open to pupils aged between 11-18, and gives participants the chance to compete for top prizes and international experiences worth over £50,000.