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Recognising and rewarding innovative Welsh talent

Today, 12 young Welsh innovators took to the stage at the annual Innovation Awards at the Senedd, Cardiff Bay.

The award scheme has been run by WJEC and Welsh Government since 1998, and each year highlights the extent of technological innovation amongst 14-19 year olds in Wales.

The ceremony follows two successful exhibitions held at Bangor University and Cardiff's SWALEC Stadium in October. Each exhibition showcased the most innovative design work by young people from across Wales.

Steve Howells, WJEC Design and Technology Subject Officer, said: "The awards are a fantastic way of recognising and celebrating the success of our students in Wales. We were overwhelmed by the standard of entries this year and would like to congratulate our award winners for their outstanding work."

Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart, said: “The Innovation Awards recognises the very best in creativity and design amongst the many talented students we have in Wales. Encouraging innovation is one of the best ways in which we can ensure a strong, sustainable economic future for Wales. I congratulate all those who have taken part in the competition and it is very encouraging to see such a high standard of entries on this year’s shortlist.”

Winners

Oliver Stokes, Overall Winner said: "The idea for my Gas to Go carbonator came from my frustration with that last bit of coke in the bottle always being flat. I was keen to invent a product that would bring the fizz back, and also put fizz into drinks which were never fizzy in the first place.

When asked if he was planning on putting Soda Stream out of business, he replied: "I'd love to think I could"

The 2015 winners are:

A level

Position

Shortlist Name

School/College

Name of work

Description of work

1st

Oliver Stokes

Monmouth School

Portable Carbonating Unit For Drink Bottles

Portable carbonating unit that prevents drinks from becoming flat.

2nd

Dean Mather

Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor

Ergonomic Bus Stop Seat

A foldable bus stop seat that will not weaken the structure of the bus stop.

3rd

Duncan Purves

Coleg Sir Gâr

Multipurpose Mechanics Trolley

A trolley that can fold to support various tasks.

AS

1st

Jake Jones

St David's College

Prosthetic Bike / Cycling Aid

A prosthetic attachment to support the use of a bike.

2nd

Thomas Sell

Monmouth School

Hikers Clothing Washing System

A self-washing system to allow hikers to wash their clothes as they walk.

3rd

Sion Eifion Jones

Caereinion

Easy Fencer

An attachment for a tractor that enables users to quickly erect a fence.

GCSE

1st

Annie Williams

Ysgol Glan y Môr

Folding Chair

A folding chair that can be flat-packed for easy storage.

2nd

Hannah Evans

Ysgol Bro Pedr

Soft Furnishings - Bean Bag and Storage

An Australian landscape-inspired bean bag.

3rd

Jack Harley-Walsh

St David's College

Light Sabre Light

A 'light sabre' inspired light.

CAD/CAM

Oliver Phillips

Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi

Weatherproof Multifunctional Bicycle Phone Case

Weatherproof mobile phone case that can be attached to a universal mount for any bike.

Intellectual Property

Eleanor Ying Mone

Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls

Oak Lectern

The lectern commemorates the life of Sapper Smith, the only man not to return to Dingestow after the Great War. It has been designed as a commemorative piece to be installed in St Dinats Church in Dingestow, Monmouthshire.

Creativity

Betsan Jones

Ysgol Bro Pedr

Remembrance Day Dress (with detachable train)

Remembrance Day inspired dress.

Many of last year’s winners have gone on to enjoy further success: Richard Davies of Llanfyllin High School who won first prize for his reverse camera system, went on to win this year's St David's Young Person Award; and Zachary Cater of Cardiff High School achieved 2nd place in the National Science and Engineering Competition with his dual purpose wheelchair for MS sufferers. Some of the students were also given the opportunity to display their projects at the UK Investment Summit.

For further information:

Jonathan Thomas
PR Manager
jonathan.thomas@wjec.co.uk
029 2026 5102