On Tuesday 12th March 2019, C Cubed (Colin Gass, Cameron Gunn and Callum Sergeant) headed south to the NEC in Birmingham to compete in the Big Bang Fair 2019
Over 2 days (13th/14th March) C Cubed underwent several judging sessions, explaining their idea of an airplane black box which can stream vital data in the event of an emergency to the virtual cloud. In the event of an emergency on board an aircraft, investigations into what went wrong would be much easier with the data from the black box immediately available from the cloud.
On Wednesday 13th March, the team arrived bright and early to set up, armed with a real black box, kindly gifted by British Airways, and Raspberry Pi’s donated by RS Components. The judges first visited C Cubed at 9.30am, just as the fair opened to the public, leaving the team little time to prepare but additional questions from the judges were answered fully.
After the judging and moderation sessions were complete, the team outreached to other groups in the Big Bang Fair, making friends from Keith in Scotland to Essex in England. There were many schools across the UK visiting the Big Bang Fair and we spent the rest of the day showing our invention to visitors of the Big Bang. Day 1 of the fair ended and all was quiet. All that was left to do was to set up for Day 2 of the Big Bang Fair and the next sessions of judging.
March 14th started with long conversations to the other schools about their ideas and how they thought the judging had gone, the consensus was that the judging was tougher than expected. The second judging session of the day was for the BAE Systems Special Award for Advancement in Technology. The C Cubed team had their presentation finely honed by Day 2 and wowed the judges with their presentation.
As the Awards ceremony closed the nerves became unbearable. When it was announced the Intermediate Level Engineering Award had been won by another team, the team were disappointed. But after all the waiting, 2 days in the NEC and a few sleepless nights, it was announced that the BAE Advancement In Technology Award had been won by C Cubed from Dalziel High School, Motherwell.
£500 prize money and a day with BAE Systems was part of the prize but winning the award was a fine reward for all the hard work put in by the team and the satisfaction that C Cube has progressed their original idea to a point where it had been recognised at a national level in the UK.