St. George's Pupil wins Regional Engineering Award
A pupil from St. George’s Preparatory School has been selected from more than 600 entries to win a regional engineering award as part of a UK and Channel Island-wide competition called ‘If you were an engineer what would you do?’. Designed to inspire primary school pupils with the possibilities that engineering holds, children are tasked with thinking of a real-life problem and coming up with their own suggested engineering solution. Ollie, who was in Form VI last academic year when he entered the competition, submitted his winning design for e-vision goggles. The product is designed to assist people with sight impairment by describing the surroundings and alerting the wearer to any hazards.
Ollie’s winning design was part of a record number of entries submitted by the school with 21 pupils getting involved, seven achieving a Distinction and 14 receiving Merit awards. Five of the Distinction entries were shortlisted for the main award and went before a distinguished judging panel for assessment.
St. George’s Head of Science, Andrea Lathwell, is always keen to introduce exciting new ways of studying STEM subjects, especially when they show pupils how the skills they’re learning can translate to real-world projects. Andrea had this to say: ‘We take part in the competition every year, and this year we’ve had the best results so far with a really fantastic set of designs. Making science accessible and relatable is the best way to engage pupils. We base a lot of our learning on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, designed to inspire a better and more sustainable future for all, addressing the global challenges we face. Engineering in many ways can provide solutions to some of the biggest problems we face, including climate change, environmental degradation, and inequality. Many of the pupil’s designs, such as Ollie’s, suggested products that would help promote equality of access for everyone. I am very proud of them all.’
As a regional winner, Ollie received a pair of Virtual Reality goggles along with a medal and badge to mark his achievement. All winning entries can be viewed in the fantastic, virtual online gallery: https://leadersaward.com/2020-jersey-gallery/.
Headmaster of St. George’s, Cormac Timothy, is delighted with the achievement: ‘As a science teacher as well as Headmaster, I’m delighted to see our science department achieve so much and produce some fantastic, inspirational work. I am particularly pleased to note that our entries and awards were fairly distributed between our boys and girls. We are kindly supported with the project each year by a visit from local engineering company, Geomarine, who this year sent two female engineers to help inspire and guide our pupils. With the need to encourage more girls to study STEM subjects in higher education, learning from role models who have paved the way is so important. They’ve all achieved so much and I’m confident that amongst our current pupils and alumni are the engineering stars of the future.’