Posted on: 18th July 2010

Nineteen year-old high school student Jake Martin travelled half the globe from Auckland, New Zealand to Culham to redeem his prize – last week he looked behind the scenes of JET.

After passing a national competition in New Zealand, Jake Martin gained a travel scholarship to go to the “European Union Contest for Young Scientists”. At this contest New Zealand counts as an “international guest” as do, for example, Canada, China, Japan, South Africa and the United States of America. Each of the EIROForum Members provides a prize, a week stay at their institute.

Familiar with competitions since he was 14 years old, Jake came, presented his project and won the EiroForum prize. The gasifier he built turns wood into a fuel gas that can run a normal petrol engine.

The European prize is not the only one he picked up recently. Involved in a variety of other projects, he won the National Science and Technology Fair in New Zealand, the International Award for Engineering and Technology at the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition, a gold medal at International Sustainable World Engineering Environment and Energy Project Olympiad.