National Science & Engineering Competition 2012

National Science and Engineering Competition 2012

A Kingsbury High School pupil has won a place in the finals of the 2012 National Science & Engineering Competition. Mariam Zaidi impressed judges with an investigation into arterial valves in mice and human embryos.

Mariam will now compete against pupils from across the country, at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, in an attempt to claim one of the UK’s most prestigious science and engineering honours for young people.

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair will be held at The NEC, Birmingham from 15th to 17th March 2012. Among the 30,000 attendees of the event will be a world-class judging panel including renowned space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Nobel Prize winning biochemist Sir Time Hunt, and The Science Museum’s inventor in residence Mark Champkins, among others.

Mariam said: “I’m so proud that my project has made it into the finals of the National Science & Engineering Competition.  It’s a great achievement and I can’t wait to get to The Big Bang in Birmingham. The Competition really encouraged me to think about science and engineering in a new light and helped me to realise what fun I could have.”

Sir Roland Jackson, Chief Executive of the British Science Association which runs the National Science & Engineering Competition, commented: “The National Science & Engineering Competition aims to inspire the talent of the future by making science, engineering, technology and maths more appealing for young people. Mariam’s entry shows just how exciting and extraordinary science and engineering can really be.”We’re thrilled that Mariam has got through as a finalist and wish her all the best for the national finals at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. Her project really caught our imagination and we hope that it inspires other young people to enter the Competition.”

To find out more about the National Science & Engineering Competition and to book your free place at The Big Bang Fair, visit