Emma Willett from The Petersfield School in Hampshire was awarded the EEF Manufacturing Prize at the prestigious National Science and Engineering Competition.
The talented student was unveiled as the winner at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, held at the ExCeL International Convention Centre in London. She received her award from Phil Brownsord, Region Director of EEF.
Emma was one of 450 young finalists chosen to showcase their work to a world-class panel of judges at the finals of the Competition, and she captured their attention with her saucepan overheating alarm; a device which fits on to any saucepan to provide an audible and visual warning if the pan is overheating and in danger of boiling dry. The aim is to reduce incidents in which this causes household fires.
As well as receiving £500 and a certificate, Emma will also receive a day’s experience at William’s Formula 1 technology campus.
Teenagers from across the UK were given the chance to enter the National Science + Engineering Competition by completing a project or activity in any field of science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM).
Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said: “Emma stood out as an exceptionally bright young talent and is very deserving of this award. We are certain that she and her guests will enjoy their visit to the Williams F1 campus in Oxfordshire to see the facilities first-hand. She will be able to get up close to the technology they use in building the racing cars and will also have the chance to visit the historic Williams Grand Prix Collection which includes over 40 of William’s most historic racing cars.”