Report on WCSIM attendance at the Big Bang Fair 2019 and its award to Andrey Gizdov The Young Scientific Instrument Maker, 2019,
The renewed programme to select and fund a candidate, The Young Scientific Instrument Maker, 2019, to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in the USA in May this year, got off to a good start at the Big Bang Fair, this week.
A candidate, Andrey Gizdov from Ackworth School, Pontefract, was selected by the SIM judges, for a project entitled 'A novel method for skeletal age estimation based on cranial suture analysis'. Andre's method for assessing how well the cranial suture had healed (the determinant of age) was to use an instrument that took the subjectivity out of the assessment of gap width in the suture from cross sectional scans of the skull. The instrument accurately measured the mix of light and dark pixels in an image of the scan, and employed a mathematical algorithm to put an accurate measure on the degree of healing. Tests had shown the repeatability and accuracy of the method.
Andre will now be given a short period of technical and commercial mentoring before attending ISEF in May.
Grateful thanks are due to Simon Hall for supervising the programme, including reading through some 120 project summaries to shortlist 12 that were suitable for our judging. Simon also participates on the Eng(UK) organising committee supervising the whole Big Bang competition process and ISEF nominations. Thanks also to our SIM judges, Andy Owler and Aubrey Dunford for their considered assessments.
Finally, we were also asked by Eng(UK) if we could help source judges for the wider competition, and Apprentice Michael Gucleur and Liveryman Ian Gilbert, responded to this request, and reported that they had enjoyed the experience.
We now wait to see what Andre can achieve at ISEF.
A number of Apprentice candidates were identified during the proceedings.
KJS: March 2019