Twins Aneeta and Ameeta Kumar, aged 18, from The Abbey School, Reading were named as the UK Young Scientists of the Year for their work studying the possibility of developing an early diagnostic cancer tool – which could ultimately reduce deaths caused by late diagnosis.
“Hopefully it will encourage other people, especially girls, to get involved and get into science. We’re only 18 and you never think of 18 year olds doing cancer research,” said Aneeta and Ameeta Kumar.
The results of the National Science + Engineering Competition were announced at the weekend at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair at the NEC in Birmingham.
The winners of UK Young Engineer of the Year and UK Young Scientists of the Year will each win £2,000, a trophy and an experience prize.
“I’m going to use the money to develop this project further. I wanted to show other students what’s possible with electronics and programming. I’m also really interested in making holograms by using LEDs, so I want to investigate this too,” said Rebecca Simpson, who is aged 19.
According to Jason Bradbury, best known for hosting The Gadget Show, one of the judges of the Young Engineer of the Year award: “Rebecca’s passion for engineering is irrepressible. Her creation is one of the most original and clever ideas I’ve ever heard of. As a father of three, I can tell you that using computer games to focus young minds on STEM subjects is right on the money.”