Report written by Maggie Sykes, Lauren Healey and Lauryn Hughes-Jones before the final
For the second year running, Richard Lander students have reached the finals of a national science competition, the Teen Tech awards. This year’s brief was to design a product to improve quality of life. We decided to enter the ‘energy’ category and our design fits this brief as it will be used to make things easier in developing countries.
We have designed a round-a-bout in detail, and are hoping to create a more complex circuit to fit in a swing set. This will be done with the help of our teacher, Mr Lloyd King. “Powerpark” will be used to charge mobile phones initially as many people own mobile phones but don’t have electricity in their own homes so have to pay shops to charge them.
Mobile phones are important in developing countries because they can provide access to emergency medical advice, protection from the police, and can help to root out corruption by helping people to know a fair price for their crops. We have spent the last 8 months working on our project during lunchtimes and tutor times and have been in contact with our partner school in Uganda to find out their requirements.
On the 25th of June we will travel to The Royal Society in London to exhibit our projects to scientists from various companies including Airbus, HP and The National Grid. Our concept is to create a play park which generates electricity for use in developing countries. We stand a 1 in 4 chance of winning a chance to go to Buckingham Palace as well as winning prizes. At the 2013 finals our friends were able to meet lots of popular scientists such as Brian Cox and James May. We are hoping that this year’s finals are equally star-studded. Also, we want to thank Miss Metcalfe for helping us to get this far in the competition.
Teen Tech Update!
Cornwall teenagers scoop major prize in making life ‘better, simpler or easier’ at TeenTech Awards 2014
We are delighted to tell you that the Teen Tech team had a very successful trip to London and after impressing judges including Maggie Philbin, Stephen Fry and James May with their ideas for making life ‘better, simpler or easier’, picked up the gong for the Energy Category !
HRH The Duke of York, KG, patron of TeenTech and The TeenTech Awards visited the Royal Society to meet the talented young entrepreneurs and to hear more about their innovations. The pupils have now been invited to a special reception with The Duke at Buckingham Palace on October 14th.
Maggie, Lauryn and Lauren from Year 9, explained: “Our idea is a play park that generates electricity and/or pumps water for rural communities in developing countries. This park would consist of a round-a-bout, a see-saw and perhaps a spinning swing. However we’d like to provide blueprints enabling the local community to source the materials cheaply from things like broken car parts to create a sustainable project.”