Sixth Form student Travis Poulton was recently crowned winner of the Senior Science category at the annual ‘Big Bang Fair’ held at the NEC, Birmingham. This is the second year running a Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre student has scooped a top award, with former pupil Bethan Padbury winning the Senior Engineering category in 2018. 

‘The Big Bang Fair’ is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the United Kingdom. The event focuses on enthusing young people aged 7-19 about these subjects and showcasing exciting opportunities to bring learning to life. 

Travis’ entry to ‘The Big Bang Competition’ was 18 months in the making, showing his commitment and dedication to the project. His project ‘Arthritis Today, Gone Tomorrow’ centered on the development of an Anti-Arthritic “drug that stops an enzyme creating too many hormones, it’s these hormones that create the inflammation and pain” Travis explained. Tested by Imperial College London, Travis found out the Anti-Arthritic drug he had developed worked as well as Ibuprofen shortly before the fair, presenting these results as part of his display.

Making content accessible was a large part of the presentation he displayed at the fair, and after completing the regional heats he built confidence in how to talk to people of all ages and backgrounds about his work, finding this element very enjoyable. He explained, “I loved the experience, because I had done regional heats first I understood that I needed to be able to talk to anyone and engage people to get them involved in the sciences.” Approximately 220 young people entered the various competition categories at the fair, Travis commented, “There were some amazing projects, it was the biggest turn out so far. It was interesting to hear other people’s passions.”

Travis received a certificate, medal, and a cash prize for winning the Senior Science category. His achievement is hugely celebrated by everyone at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre, with Dr Smith, Lead Teacher Teaching and Learning - Science, explaining, “We were all so excited when we knew Travis was in the running for one of the major prizes at the competition. As a teacher, to watch one of your students showcase their work on a national stage with such professionalism makes you extremely proud.” JC6 are determined to support more winners like Travis at the fair in the future!

A massive congratulations to Travis from everyone at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre!