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Belfast High School Qualify for Big Bang 2016

18 December 2015

photo from the event
Belfast High School pupils Rachael Ker, Andrew Walker, Thomas Moore, and Josh Edwards with the Mayor, Councillor Thomas Hogg.


The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Councillor Thomas Hogg, visited pupils from Belfast High School to congratulate them on qualifying for the Big Bang 2016 event.    The pupils undertook a Science and Engineering Research and Development program in association with Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (Coca-Cola HBC) and Sentinus.  

Their goal was to design a replacement lighting system for the main production corridor in Coca-Cola HBC's bottling plant in Lisburn.  The current lights were costing the company over £5000 per year to run, which was having a significant detrimental effect to the environment.   After many careful considerations, measurements and experiments, the pupils devised a plan for the lighting that would significantly reduce both Coca-Cola HBC's costs and their adverse effect on the environment.  Their final proposal predicted a saving of £85,000 over the next 20 years, including the costs of maintaining the lights. 

The pupils competed in an event organised by Sentinus where they received an almost perfect score which then led them to compete in the ‘Big Bang’ competition in Ulster University.  At this competition they won the Northern Ireland Housing Executive prize for the best Energy Reduction project as well as qualifying for the Big Bang 2016 event.  At this event the team will compete to win the Young Engineer of the Year competition in Birmingham.

The Mayor, Councillor Thomas Hogg, commented: “Representing Northern Ireland at a national event where thousands of people attend every year is a great achievement for the pupils.  I would like to wish the team good luck for the event and I am delighted that the Council are able to support this project.”