Could It Be Two Big Bangs for Princethorpe Sixth Former Michael?

Princethorpe Sixth Former and young engineer Michael Gucluer is taking on some of the nation’s finest young scientists and engineers in not one, but two national competitions at this week’s Big Bang Fair held at the NEC from 14 – 16 March.

Michael secured his first national competition place last summer when he won the West Midlands regional heat of the Big Bang Fair’s UK Young Scientists and Engineers Independent Project Competition with his GCSE Electronics and Control project.

In the wake of his success, Michael also entered this project for the UK Young Engineers Mentoring Programme and following a highly competitive selection process, he secured one of only fourteen places on the programme.

Since September, Michael has been working alongside experienced engineers and scientists from global organisations and the National Physical Laboratory in London to develop his electronic product. As part of the mentoring programme, UK Young Engineers also host a national competition with the final taking place at this week’s Big Bang Fair. Here Michael will present his project with the hope of winning a national award in recognition of its development and potential.

17-year-old Michael, who is currently studying A-levels in Chemistry, Maths and Physics, commented, “The electronic product I’ve been developing and have entered is a multi-purpose, modular control system which can be re-programmed for industrial applications. However, it also includes a range of optoelectronic components (electronic devices and systems that source, detect and control light) so that data related to important processes can be displayed simultaneously in real-time and recorded for future use.”

He continues, “I’m really proud that my product is getting national recognition. It has a planned marketing name of ‘Andromeda’ (this is the nearest galaxy to our planet other than the Milky Way). I chose the name as a personal message of 'pushing the boundaries', as reaching such a place currently seems impossible.”

Paul Scopes, Head of Design Technology at the College, said, “Michael has worked exceptionally hard this year and it’s fantastic to see how well he has applied the support and knowledge he’s received as part of the UK Young Engineers Mentoring Programme and from staff at Princethorpe to developing his product.”

The Big Bang Fair and competitions take place at the NEC in Birmingham from Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 March. Congratulations to Michael on his success to date.

Image: Princethorpe Sixth Former Michael Gucluer with his electronics project ‘Andromeda’.