National award for mathematician Madhi

A QE student has won a prize in a prestigious, national awards scheme. Madhi Elango, who is in Year 10, was named winner of the Best Use of Maths prize at the British Science Association’s CREST Awards.

The CREST co-ordinator for North, Central and South London, Mrs Sheila Toper, has supported Madhi throughout his bronze level project and invited him to attend the national final – called the Big Bang – in London. She said: “To put these achievements into context, the projects included in the Big Bang were the best from all over the UK, and for Madhi to then be judged as one of the best at this national event is truly a fantastic result for all his hard work and determination.”

Madhi was the runner-up in the Junior Science/Maths category, and Mrs Toper commented that he had only narrowly missed out on the top prize. He also received a limited-edition CREST medal, awarded to exceptional CREST projects at the discretion of the judges.

“Many judges I spoke to remarked on how impressed they were at his communication skills and use of scientific process,” added Mrs Toper. She predicted a bright future for Madhi in the world of scientific research.

CREST is a project-based awards scheme for the STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. It links the personal passions of students to curriculum-based learning and aims to give 11-19 year olds opportunities to explore real world projects in an exciting way. Participants are expected to carry out research for their project in their own time at home.

“The School is very proud of Madhi’s achievements, which are a fitting reward for his hard work and determination,” said the Headmaster, John Marincowitz.

Madhi is now intending to start a new CREST project at gold level.