Millom School, Cumbria
Jack Tallentire, a Year 10 pupil from Millom School in Cumbria, was the winner of the intermediate engineering category of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition 2019, for his project, Aid for the Visually Impaired. Jack’s project investigates the concept of an assisted walking cane with a sensory system that alerts the user of obstructions detected by the sensors. The project looks at using smartphone technology and streetwise GPS. Jack reached the UK finals of The Competition having won a place in The Big Bang Fair North West regional heats.
: How does it feel to have won?
Jack Tallentire: To even compete at such a prestigious event was a great privilege for me. Talking with other competitors with exceptional projects, alongside experienced people from established industries proved a valuable and rewarding experience. Throughout the course of the competition, my interactions with industry leads and experts in the field of STEM has provided me with further motivation to continue developing my concepts to the next level. I feel very passionately about my project and winning an award at the Big Bang has given me the confidence boost to take further steps towards my ultimate goal of producing a device that makes a genuine difference to the lives of people with visual impairments.