Student scientist is cementing new idea

GCSE results day at Penwortham Priory Academy.  Pictured is Jamie Edwards.
GCSE results day at Penwortham Priory Academy. Pictured is Jamie Edwards.
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Schoolboy fusioneer Jamie Edwards is hoping he heads back into the record books after winning support for his latest project.

The teenager received world acclaim after creating “a star in a jar” in his school science lab when he was only 13.

Jamie Edward with his wooden bike frame

Jamie Edward with his wooden bike frame

As part of his GCSE work at Penwortham’s Priory Academy, he created an eco friendly full bike called a ‘Fusion Bike’ from wood.

The keen cyclist made the frame as part of his school studies.

Now Jamie, who left the Crow Hills Road school in the summer with 13 GCSEs – four A*, five As two B and two Cs – has been approached by a Swiss company to create a concrete cycle.

The 16-year-old, who is now studying A-levels at Cardinal Newman College, has been a guest speaker at conferences across the globe since his world beating experiment.

While at one conference, he was approached by a Swiss research lab to see if he would test concrete as a potential for a bike frame.

Jamie said: ”I am going to make one of each.

“They make some incredibly lightweight but very strong concrete. A bit like steel.

“I was at a conference and the people from the concrete research lab suggested I make a bike out of concrete as well .

“I need to sort the cad cam models etc and once I have designed it we are going to test it and see which is best using different combinations.

“It will be very interesting, that’s for sure.

“The wooden bike frame is just something I did for my GCSE so it is good that is creating interest.”

However, he vowed that after competing his GCSE in resistant materials he would go back to finishing the entire bike.

He said: “There is a company in America which makes wooden bikes, but they are really expensive so I am just looking at ways of making a cheaper version.”

Jamie is currently studying maths, further maths, physics and economics at college and said his design work is just a hobby.

Fusion is his first passion.