The UK Young Scientist of the Year is a new competition for people aged 13-19 who have shown exceptional achievement in discovery, exploration and explanation in the sciences (natural, medical and social) and mathematics (there’s also a UK Young Technologist of the Year for achievement in technology or engineering).
The first Young Scientist award has been given to Peter Hadfield, a 17-year-old student. Here’s a BBC radio clip where he discusses his invention – a hand-held particle detector called Lucid – which is based on one of the particle detectors used in the Large Hadron Collider. Lucid will actually be used in space in 2010.
Nice one, Peter.