Physics Student Wins Big Bang Competition

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24th Jun 2022 Back

Lily-Mai Spinks, a Physics and Maths student at Sir Isaac Newton, along with Graphics at Jane Austen Sixth Form College won the Senior Engineering category of the Big Bang Competition, a national science and engineering annual challenge.

Lily-Mai designed a new type of tent titled ‘ISOPOD’, aimed at reducing waste at festivals and the common sight of abandoned tents. She designed the tent to be rapidly collapsible and inflatable, thereby making it easier to pack up, relevant to the return of the Glastonbury festival this year! The tent is also designed from cardboard, rather than plastic, to improve biodegradability, again reducing waste and pollution. "Waterproofing is achieved through a beeswax coating, again a sustainable source and biodegradable"

When asked what inspired her "I was inspired by wanting to reduce the impact of tents left behind at festivals " Lily-Mai is hoping to market the tent and begin production

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Lily-Mai plans to study Design Engineering at university and this recognition of her work and a keen interest in this area is surely a sign that she will continue to achieve great things in the fields of engineering into the future "or whatever the professional term for inventor is, making cool things" I think we can agree that trying to develop sustainable infrastructure is pretty cool to start with.