A NESTON High School student has won a prestigious science award in London.
Sixth former Michael Aspinall was awarded the Research Councils UK Laboratory Experience Prize at The Big Bang Fair, which celebrates young people’s achievements in both science and engineering.
The prize means he has the opportunity to go behind the scenes at one of RCUK’s prestigious research laboratories in the UK and talk to scientists working on advanced research.
Michael worked with Northwich student Emma Taylor during the two-day fair, which 200 students aged 11-19 attended competing for numerous prizes.
The duo’s winning project was ‘Low cost solar water heaters suitable for developing markets’, which they carried out with Unilever R&D.
Lord Drayson, Minister for Science and Innovation, said: “It is great to see young scientists and engineers inspired to experiment with ideas and apply science and technology to real life scenarios.
‘I really want to bust the myth that science is boring and geeky – it is far from it. This competition has highlighted the reality of science today, it’s exciting, fascinating and shapes all our lives.”
Roland Jackson, chief executive of the British Science Association, said: “Through this event we celebrate the achievement of the rising generation of scientists and engineers, and seek to encourage others to take part in this rewarding activity.”