Luke goes to work on an egg by hatching Lego idea
FOR Luke Brown, winning the Nottingham Post Science and Engineering Award is just the beginning.
Collecting the award on Wednesday night, the 15-year-old was delighted to be taking a step towards his dream of a career in engineering.
"It's great," he said. "I'm so glad. It means so much to me that I get recognised for the things that I make, and that my teacher nominated me.
"It means that my stuff is good and it gives me confidence that I can have a career in this field one day.
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"Hopefully this will be something that helps me to achieve that career."
Luke, who attends Bluecoat Academy, in Aspley, is a founding member of his school's Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (Stem) Club, which was formed about two years ago.
Since then, members of the club have won two trophies in the Robot Lego Leagues, held in Sheffield and Loughborough.
The national competition sets robots made from Lego and a computer programmer against each other as teams battle it out for the top prize.
As well as being a vital member of the team, Luke has designed and developed his own creations.
His science teacher, Dan Sandiford, selected one of these to take with him to Iceland as part of a national Stem project.
It is for this, and Luke's all-round commitment to science, that Mr Sandiford nominated Luke in the Science and Engineering category of the awards. Luke, of Strelley, was taken aback to just be nominated in the scheme.
"When I was told I'd been nominated, I didn't really know what it was all about," he said. "But then once I'd found out a bit more, I realised it could be quite a big thing for me – I'm really pleased.
"The whole night was great and to see what all the other people have been nominated for makes the award seem even more special because everyone has done so much."
Mr Sandiford selected Luke's creation to take with him to Iceland after challenging students in the Stem club to design a robot that could travel over rocky terrain, while carrying an egg.
He said: "Luke's design was astonishing in both concept and in practice.
"It is primarily for this piece of work that I nominated Luke – a piece of work truly beyond his years.
"Luke is a brilliant science student and is clearly destined for outstanding grades at GCSE level and beyond."
This science and engineering category in the Post's Student Awards was sponsored by Biocity, an incubator unit for life science businesses based in Pennyfoot Street.
Director of Biocity Toby Reid presented the award.
He said: "It is refreshing to see the such commitment, dedication and hard work at such a young age.
"We are blown away by these young people."