Lower Sixth student Surya Vijayanand has been named overall winner in this year’s Big Bang Competition.

Surya, who started a new robotics club alongside fellow student Dameer Ahmed, created a model of a human hand (including a code to operate its individual fingers) as part of his EPQ project.

Despite initially being shortlisted for ‘The Special Award for Practical Science’, the judges were so impressed with his outstanding work they named him overall winner of the competition, praising his passion and ambition.

Surya will now represent the UK at the 62nd London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF), from 28 July to 11 August 2021, and enjoy a 15-day residential programme at Imperial College London, featuring lectures from top scientists and visits to top UK science departments and institutions.

On winning, Surya thanked his teacher, Ms Manisier: “I can’t thank you enough for all the opportunities you have offered me and cannot wait! The time you made for the practice interview was hugely helpful and your feedback gave me confidence.  I am very excited for the 15 day residential programme. I can’t wait to visit and meet the professors and other students from across the world who have also won a place”.

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