CIS Year 10 student wins Sustainability prize

Minjae in Year 10 has been working on a project called “Biofuels” in CREST Club, for over a year, and showcased his work at the Big Bang Fair hosted by Herts and Essex High School, in Bishops Stortford, on Thursday 15th March.

He got the idea while watching “Back to the Future” and was inspired by Doc, who used garbage to power his time-machine car. He has been manufacturing biofuel from vegetable oil and testing its efficiency against petrol and diesel. More recently, he has started using potatoes, enzymes and yeast to make bio-ethanol.

The judges were impressed with his work and entered Minjae into the Big Band Eastern, which took place on Thursday 5th July at the University of Hertfordshire. There were a total of 55 Science projects being presented by students from different schools around the East of England.

There were a total of 14 prizes on offer – half of which were for Junior Projects (Key Stage 3). The other half were for Senior Projects (Key stages 4 and 5).

Minjae was awarded the Senior prize for Sustainability, sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric. Apart from the honour and glory of being the best project, Minjae also won £200 which is split 50:50 between the student and the school. The school’s money will be put towards a fractionating column for the Science department, which will allow Minjae to test the boiling point of his biofuel more accurately.

If he wishes, Minjae can now enter his project into the National Big Bang Fair, which takes place in Birmingham in March.

Mr Bennett, who runs CREST Club after school and was with Minjae at Big Bang Eastern, said “I am so proud of all that Minjae has achieved with his “Biofuels” project. He was truly amazing, explaining his work clearly to a number of different judges for over an hour. Afterwards, he was completely exhausted!”

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