Innovation 2011 - Results
11 October 2011
Wales’ brightest young designers have received recognition for their outstanding work in WJEC’s A level and GCSE Design and Technology courses from The First Minister, Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM at the Innovation 2011 exhibition.
The two day exhibition held at the SWALEC Stadium, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on October 10-11 is organised by WJEC and the Welsh Government’s Department for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science with the aim of giving young people the opportunity to showcase their talent and encourage more young people in Wales to be creative and technologically innovative.
After enjoying a tour of the exhibition and engaging with students about their work, the First Minister went on to award prizes for the winners. He said:
"I am delighted to be here today to see for myself outstanding examples of Design and Technology education from across Wales. This is a unique event that brings together key players involved in developing innovation and technology. It helps ensure that students recognise the importance of innovation and the tremendous impact innovation has on business performance.
"This partnership shows how devolution helps us pull together for the good of Wales. The Welsh Government's main aim for Education is to help everyone reach their potential, reduce inequality and improve economic and social well-being. I am very pleased to visit an event that so clearly supports this aim.”
Innovation 2011 winners
A level category
1st Prize and overall winner: Lewis Williams, Ysgol Gyfun Dyffryn Taf
Lewis won £500 for himself, £300 for his school and the coveted Beckley Cup and Magnox North Trophy for his school crossing patrol sign. His brief was to make an improvement to an existing product so he went on to design a sign that includes flashing lights to gain motorists’ attention. Lewis has recently started a mechanical engineering degree at Harper Adams University College, Shropshire and he hopes to start his own engineering business in the future.
2nd prize: Martin Gray, St Cenydd Comprehensive School
£150 was presented to Martin and £125 for his school. Martin created a hockey trainer.
3rd prize: Clare Williams, Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls
£100 was given to Clare and £100 for her school for her swimming float and kick board.
AS Level category
1st prize: Philip Modro, Monmouth School
Philip has been a keen go-kart racer at Llandow Kart Club for years, so for his project he designed a trolley to move the kart around more easily. Eventually he hopes to work in the automotive industry as an engineer. He won £250 for himself and £150 for his school.
2nd prize: Carwyn Owen, Ysgol Uwchradd Caereinion
Carwyn was presented with £150 and an additional £125 for his school. Influenced by his own practical experience of working on the family farm, Carwyn designed a unit to weigh, record and sort sheep.
3rd prize: Jake Wreford, Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi
£100 was awarded to Jake and £100 for his school. Jake designed a revolver lamp.
1st prize: Aldwyn Eyres, Llanfyllin High School
Aldwyn won £250 for himself and £150 for his school after creating a cyclist’s safety aid. The indicators, worn around the arms, include a sensor which activates automatically when a person raises his arms to a certain angle to show the direction in which he’s moving.
2nd prize: Rhys Davies, Ysgol Gyfun Llanbedr Pont Steffan
£150 was presented to Rhys and £125 for his school. Rhys created a boot dryer and storage.
3rd prize: Ceryn Hopkins, Porthcawl Comprehensive School
Ceryn was presented with £100 and an additional £100 for her school for her spiral light design.
Winner: Gwyn Roberts, Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern (Anglesey)
Gwyn won £125 for himself and £125 for his school. He lives near the coastline and that inspired him to create the crab shaped table. He now studies Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams, University College in Shropshire.
IP Office category:
Winner: William Helme, Monmouth School
William’s wellington boot rack won him £125 for himself and £125 for his school. The inspiration for his project came from home – from seeing piles of shoes and wellington boots which needed to be kept tidy without taking up a large amount of floor space.
CAD / CAM category
Winner: Jonathan Lynn, St David’s College, Llandudno
Jonathan’s Conker Garden Light won him a £125 prize and £125 for his school. His light unit was inspired by nature. He now hopes to follow a career in property development.
Sustainabilty prize (sponsored by Tata Steel)
Winner: James Stallard, Ysgol y Gwendraeth
James desgined an indoor solar powered light which uses a combination of modern and traditional materials and techniques. He is currently studying for a diploma in electronic and electrical design at Graig Campus, Coleg Sir Gâr.
For further information please contact
Dafydd Wyn, Communications Officer (WJEC)
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Selwyn Gale, Event organiser on behalf of WJEC
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