The Young Engineers Club at The King's School Tynemouth won the BTexact Technologies award for Engineering Innovations in the Young Engineers National Club Awards 2001, held at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich last week.
Young Engineers Clubs are active in 1400 schools across the UK and 17 were represented in the finals. The judges considered looked not just at the projects themselves, but also the levels of creative thinking that went into their development and the degree to which the school was able to involve outside organisations.
The King's School presented projects including the Vibraflow device for preventing deep vein thrombosis and a front brake light for cars that alerts pedestrians and other drivers when a vehicle is slowing as it approaches.
The BAA Young Engineers Junior Club of the Year for seven- to 11-year olds was All Saints Junior School, Hastings. Its projects included a project done in association with NASA and involved the high polishing of aluminium mirrors for a satellite to be sent to the International Space Station later this year. The school also has developed a robot and the Greenpower Goblin Car that was designed and built in a week.
The Lloyd's Register Young Engineers Senior Club of the Year was Blythe Bridge High School, Stoke on Trent. Its projects included developing an automatic braking and indicating system for bikes using solar technology, an assembly machine for assembling cooker control units and a device fitted to a wheelchair to help stroke victims to recover.
The Royal Navy Engineering Success Through Teamwork award was won by Eckington School, Sheffield. Its projects included a design which enables unclean water to be filtered enough to make it clean enough to drink or boil then drink. It also presented a folding trailer and a bin crusher that enables a standard wheelie bin to compact rubbish.
The Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation Award for Craftsmanship went to St Swithun's School, Winchester. It projects included a traffic-cone dropping machine, a cap for an antenna on the European Space Agency's Beagle 2 mission to Mars and a dog-care unit that allows a dog owner to control access of their pet in and out of a house when the owners is not present.
The Nortel Networks Young Engineers New Club of the Year was the Herts & Essex High School. Its projects included a swimming robot and a micromouse.
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