Essay Competition Winner

Congratulations to Kayley Thacker, year 13, for winning second prize in the East Midlands Royal Society of Biology (RSB) Essay Competition, for which the defence and prize awards was supposed to take place at Uppingham School in March but, because of the lockdown, was postponed and changed to an on-line format at the end June.

July 20, 2020

Congratulations to Kayley Thacker, year 13, for winning second prize in the East Midlands Royal Society of Biology (RSB) Essay Competition, for which the defence and prize awards was supposed to take place at Uppingham School in March but, because of the lockdown, was postponed and changed to an on-line format at the end June.

 

Dr Jacqueline Boyd and Professor Wilson, vice chair of the RSB, were host for the zoom meeting. 

 

In her essay titled ‘The cyborg next door’ Kayley wrote about our society becoming increasingly industrialised. ‘We are diverting from our natural biosphere by inaugurating artificial materials and constructs into all aspects of our lives. From automated tools and microrobotics in surgery, to bionic rehabilitation and even regenerated tissues and organs through biofabrication, engineers have rooted humanity’s progression in technology. Therefore, one day, living in cybernetic neighbourhoods will no longer be just a dream, but an impending reality’.  She defended her work extremely well and pointed out that we need to be careful to not lose the importance of the human approach for instance doctors and nurses in healthcare. She came across really confident and was able to make all judges laugh

 

In total there were 4 judges:

Mrs Rosemary Hall, Secretary East Midlands Branch of the Royal Society of Biology

Dr. Jacqueline Boyd

Professor Angela O'Sullivan

Dr. John Hall

 

Professor Philippe Wilson joined later to announce the winner and runner up, Kayley Thacker!