Well done to everyone who took part; the spirit of the Great Exhibition clearly lives on!’ Nigel Williams

Secretary for The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

This week we are very excited to be able to announce the winners of The Great Exhibition at Home!
The remote learning competition, which saw students across the country take part during lockdown, received an exceptionally high standard of entries. Nigel Williams, Secretary for The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, convened with Scott Atkinson, Education Programmes Manager from The Royal Academy of Engineering and Dr Virginia Crompton, CEO of Big Ideas to judge the finalists.

Video entries from students across Year 4 – Year 12 were full of innovative ideas, exceptional experiments and intriguing inventions. It was a very difficult decision for the judges, however, after much deliberation 7 entries were selected to receive top prizes for their school. 

These prizes included money to supersize STEM subjects in school, a meeting with one of the engineers featured in the pack, some of whom support the This is Engineering campaign to promote engineering careers, alongside 30 special commendation prizes for individual entries. 

The top prize of £500 to supersize STEM subjects in school and a meeting with one of the engineers featured in the project was awarded to Maya Mouzouris Marzetti in Year 8, from Park House School in Newbury. The judges were incredibly impressed by her climate saving ideas and research as well as her passionate presenting skills.

Second place, of a £300 schools prize and a meeting with an engineer was awarded to Isaac Pickering and Liliana Moores in Year 6 from Rode Heath Primary School in Cheshire. Isaac and Liliana’s fantastic entry displayed their invention, the ‘pollution solution’ designed to harvest plastic from the North Atlantic Garbage Patch.
Park House and Rode Heath will also receive trophies for the top-scoring Secondary and Primary schools in the country.

The third place, of a £100 schools prize and a meeting with an engineer was awarded to Megan Waterhouse in Year 5 from Manor House School in Leatherhead. The judges really enjoyed hearing about Megan’s personal connection to engineering, that stemmed from building a greenhouse with her grandad.

The remaining finalists included Harry Roberts from Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar, Ali Qureshi from Wirral Grammar School for Boys in Bebington, Oliver Ruddock from the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk and Aarya Kumar, Nishi Panwar, Adhyavi Gupta, Dalola Kajopaye, Kimi Tokala, Erin Samaranayaka and Mimi Ka-iong Gu from Withington Girls’ School in Manchester. Each school has won a virtual meeting with one of the inspiring engineers featured in the project as well as an individual commendation prize.

The top 30 entries to the competition will also receive an individual prize, alongside those already named, these prizes are awarded to:

Sebastian Fox Year 7 St Joseph’s College
Archie Southon Year 7 Brambletye School
Jessie Scothern Year 5 Manor House School
Monty Tiger Dean Year 7 Brambletye School
Poppy Godfrey Year 7 Brambletye School
James Bertolla Year 11 Royal Hospital School
William Wadham Year 11 Royal Hospital School
Emily Gerza Year 7 Brambletye School
Thomas Pugh Year 9 Oakhill School
Adam Barker Year 4 Home schooled
Jasmin Mac Year 9 Dame Alice Owen’s
Holly Ryan Year 5 Manor House School
Ella Baird Year 5 Manor House School
Tess Megaw Year 5 Manor House School
Maarten Van Winden Year 9 Dame Alice Owen’s
Benjamin Roy Norris Year 7 Brambletye School
Reed Hudson Kenny Year 7 The Compton School
Evie Prosser Year 8 Park house School
Ellie Gravett Year 5 Manor House School
Lucian Weeden Year 8 Buile Hill Academy
Jaiden Patel Year 9 Dame Alice Owen’s
Alice Pixton Moulsham High School
Nigel Williams, Secretary for The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, noted that all the judges were hugely impressed by the quality and the enthusiasm of the submissions to the Great Exhibition at Home; there were some truly innovative ideas showing an exceptional grasp of engineering principles.’