Innovation 2010 winners
15 October 2010
October 11 & 12, SWALEC Stadium, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
The First Minister, Rt Hon. Carwyn Jones AM, this week presented prizes to some of Wales’ most talented young designers at the prestigious Innovation 2010 exhibition.
Innovation 2010 is a free exhibition open to the public on October 11 and 12 at the SWALEC Stadium in Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. An annual event, it is organized by WJEC and the Welsh Assembly Government’s Department for the Economy and Transport to showcase 80 exhibits selected from the 15,000 design & technology projects submitted by WJEC’s GCSE, AS and A level students from all over Wales.
Following a tour of the exhibition hall and a chance to engage with some of the students, the First Minister announced the prize winners, as follows:
A level category:
1st Prize and Overall Main Prize Winner: Bleddyn Môn, from Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones (Anglesey)
Bleddyn won £500 for himself, £300 for his school and the coveted Beckley Cup and Magnox North Trophy for his Beach Boat Sailing Simulator - designed to help teach children to sail whilst on dry land. Bleddyn has recently started a Mechanical Engineering degree at Southampton University and hopes to work within the field of design after graduating.
2nd Prize: William Elliott, from Cowbridge School
William won £150 for himself and £125 for his school. William, who is currently on a gap year, invented a hydraulic gear change system for use in mountain biking, his favourite hobby.
3rd Joint Prize: Samantha Nurse, Bryn Hafren School (Barry) and Robert Lloyd Hughes, Ysgol Rhiwabon (Wrexham)
Samantha and Robetrt both won £100 each and £100 for their respective schools. Samantha designed chairs for children on the theme of traffic signs whist Robert created a sheet materials moving device.
AS level category:
1st Prize: Calvin Kwok, Monmouth School
Calvin also won £250 and £150 for his school. Calvin’s Roller Tray which seals take-away cartons was invented due to his own practical experience after working at his family’s restaurant.
2nd Prize: Robi Wood, Welshpool High School
Robi was presented with £150 and an additional £125 for his school. Influenced by his own practical experience of working on his family’s farm, Robi designed a sheep feeder which could be attached to the back of a quad bike.
3rd prize: Erin Roche, Fairwater High School
£100 was awarded to Erin and £100 for her school. Erin designed an Easee Walker.
1st Prize: Matthew Harris, Porthcawl Comprehensive School
Matthew won £250 for himself and £150 for his school after creating an electronic charity donation point.
2nd Prize: James Allum, Ysgol David Hughes (Anglesey)
£150 was presented to James and £125 for his school. James created an executive clock titled “Time is Money”.
3rd Prize: Tom Warrington, Rydal Penrhos School (Colwyn Bay)
£100 was given to Tom and £100 for his school for his design of a low energy light fitting.
Creativity Prize Category:
1st Prize: Cara Annwyl-Williams, St David’s College (Llandudno)
Cara won £125 for herself and £125 for her school for her architectural concept model. Cara was inspired by the quarry near to her parents’ house. She is currently studying in London and hopes to become an architect in the future.
2nd Prize: Alex Blondek, Hawarden High School (Flintshire)
Alex was awarded £100 and also £100 for his school for his modern day Grandfather Clock creation. He was inspired by the theme of spring and buds opening, also by the realisation that there were no digital grandfather clocks. He has already had interest from potential buyers, has applied for design protection (via Abel & Imray to the UK Intellectual Property Office) and would very much like to develop the clock commercially.
3rd Prize: Aimee Sarracco-Jones, Ysgol Botwnnog (Pwllheli)
Receiving £100 for both herself and her school, Aimee designed jewellery inspired by the sea.
IP Office category:
Winner: Lee Wooding, Ysgol Uwchradd Glan Clwyd
Lee received £125 each for both himself and his school for his natural form coffee table. Lee has received offers to purchase his table but has decided to keep his project for his own family’s use.
Winner: Thomas Tsang, Barry Comprehensive School
Thomas won the £125 prize for himself and for his school for his speakers design.
Sponsors of the event include the UK Intellectual Property Office and Cardiff-based Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys Abel & Imray, who have been working with some of the young people to submit the most promising design ideas for patenting and design protection. “We’re delighted to support the next generation of entrepreneurs in Wales” said Michelle Claydon of Abel & Imray.
Notes for editors
• Welsh Assembly Government Department for the Economy and Transport
• Magnox North
• South Wales Engineers
• Abel & Imray Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
• UK Intellectual Property Office
• Magnox North
• Centre for Alternative Energy
• Abel & Imray
• Engineering Education Scheme – Wales
• Bangor University
• Cardiff University
• Glamorgan University
• Newport University
• Swansea Metropolitan University
Selwyn Gale, 01443 405889 firstname.lastname@example.org (Innovation 2010 Organiser)
Ceri Thomas, 029 2026 5309 email@example.com (WJEC Marketing & Communications Manager)
Carys Spicer, 029 2026 5102 firstname.lastname@example.org (WJEC Communications Officer)