Schools' Competition

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Are you in a STEM club at primary or secondary school? Have you made something fantastic in technology or science lessons or for your coursework? Have you created some great software? Have you been doing interesting technical projects at home?

Are you a teacher with pupils or students who have high-quality engineering projects to offer, or a STEM initiative/club that you'd like to showcase? Or are you are parent, guardian or tutor whose child has been working on an exciting project?

If your answer to any of these questions is YES, then exhibit at the CSES Schools' Engineering and Technology Competition, held annually in late June or early July. You may win a prize!

2011 Competition results

Category

Candidate

Project

Institution

Award

Y 7 – 9, Design

Hermione Grafton.  Sue Springall.  Chrissy Waymark.

Chloe Spriggs

13

Shock wave absorbent phone case

Westcliff High School for Girls

Highly commended

Y 7 – 9, Systems & Control

Daniel Still.  Joseph Wheater

26

Design mode of transport for < £10

King Edward VI Grammar School

Winner

Ashleigh Jerman.  Manon Sowerby.  Tara Crees.  Maisie Vingoe

11

Dental hygiene product

Westcliff High School for Girls

Runner-up

Y 10 – 11 Design

Katie Hamilton

18

Light made from recycled CDs

Beauchamps High School

Winner

Chloe Duce

34

Classical design meets modern

multi-functional furniture

Tendring Technology College

Runner-up

Sam Hill

41

Drum kit storage system

St Martin’s School

Runner-up

Owen Mathias

40

Mood light

St Martin’s School

Runner-up


Y 10 – 11 Systems & Control

Ryan Jonson

24

Shake-to-roll electronic die

King Edward VI Grammar School

Winner

Y 12 – 13 Design

Lauren Tolliday

33

Bedside lamp switched off by placing a book on it.

Chelmer Valley High School

Winner

Michael Halls

36

Contemporary chair

Tendring Technology College

Runner-up

James Buck

14

Guitar strap clip

Great Baddow High School

Highly commended

Y 12 – 13 Systems & Control

Callum Hall.  Ahnya Harpur.  Nathan Archer.  Samuel Martin.

16

UAV with video feedback

Greensward Academy

Winner

Schools’ Showcase

Emily Latham.  Tim Tillett.

Mike Smith.

Anna McBride.  Ed Talboys.

84

F1 in Schools

St John Payne School

Winner

Laura Miles.  Fiona Hunter.  Rachael Broad.  Olivia Wilson.

81

Detect movement in a room and wirelessly communicate

Chelmsford County High School

Runner-up

Elizabeth Roberts.  Faye Randell.  Matthew Wolton.  Connor Williams.

88

Picaxe-controlled buggy to navigate around an obstacle course

Tendring Technology College

Highly commended

Ap-prentices

Chris Morris.  Mike Edwards.  Mike Mortimer.

60

Intruder alarm with wireless PIR sensor

Selex Galileo

Winner

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2010 Competition results

Category

Candidate

Project

Institution

Award

Y 7 – 9, Design

Kerri Crockford

Louise Moss

31

Electric free amplifier for iPhone/MP3

Hylands School

Highly Commended

Gemma Frith

Abigail Graham

Lisa Wong

22

Rucksack that distributes weight evenly

Westcliff High School for Girls

Highly Commended

Rachel Watts

Lauren Saunders

32

A cloche frame made from fizzy drink bottles

Hylands School

Highly Commended

Y 7 – 9, Systems & Control

Julia Gibb

Kelly Thompson

Sana Chaudhry

Nathalie

     Woodford

21

Medicine dispenser that prevents overdose

Westcliff High School for Girls

Winner

Y 10 – 11 Design

Simon Potter

19

A classic occasional table design revisited.

Tendring Technology College

Winner

Jake Tyrrell

11

A garden mood light

St Martin’s School

Runner-Up

Kiera Sherlock

12

A mood light with personal effects storage

St Martin’s School

Highly Commended

Josh Wright

20

A table formed from sculpture and function.

Tendring Technology College

Highly Commended


Y 10 – 11 Systems & Control

Samuel

   Searles-Bryant

2

Electronic die

KEGS

Winner

Richard Cooke

4

DJ Battle mixer sound system

Colchester High School

Runner Up (joint of 3)

David Wood

36

Electronic die

KEGS

Runner Up (joint of 3)

Alex Lambert

35

Electronic metronome

KEGS

Runner Up (joint of 3)

Matthew Davies

3

Swimming reaction timer

Colchester High School

Highly Commended

Y 12 – 13 Design

Alex Fountain

18

A modern take on the classic art easel

Tendring Technology College

Winner

Charlotte Snow

14

Baby play mat with activities set out like a puzzle

Tendring Technology College

Runner Up

Jamie Marshall

15

Work station for 5-10 yr-olds.

Tendring Technology College

Highly Commended

James Dixon

25

Feature table - Ash & MDF

Braintree sixth form

Highly Commended

Ben Coughan

26

Shelving unit, oak & chrome supports

Braintree sixth form

Highly Commended

Y 12 – 13 Systems & Control

Matthew Mooney

38

Stable bike

Great Baddow High School

Winner

Kate Bannatyne

Timothy Spence

Fraser Hubbard

Nathan Turner

9

Automatic rain cover for equipment used in the field

St Martin’s School,

Runner Up (joint of 2)

Ciaran Sanford

Lewis Chatt

Thomas

    Zollinger-Read

1

Battery replacement buggy

KEGS

Runner Up (joint of 2)

Jamie Jones

16

Bath monitor for a baby

Tendring Technology College

Highly Commended

Ap-prentices

Daniel Wright

Tony Duck

Rhys Smith-Allen

Richard Simmonds

Ricky Zimmer

51

Mini ROV Project

Selex Galileo Limited

Highly Commended

Lewis Bourke

Lewis Hazell

Harry White

52

Safety Control system based on company products

ICS Triplex

Highly Commended

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Schools' Competition - CCHS

On Friday 29 June 2012, the Chelmsford Engineering Society held its annual school/college competition and exhibition in which various students from different schools brought in their projects to show to judges and other technology enthusiasts. Each school/project was given a stall, time to organise themselves, and encouraging smiles from others around, but with more than 60 projects in the competition, it was bound to be a long day.

The projects on display representing CCHS included the Year 8 Go4SET Eco-Classroom, the Engineering Education Scheme projects and A-Level Product Design projects from Megan Copnell and Rebecca Shelford. Throughout the day judges came and went, not just inspecting our projects but inspiring us through their incredible experience in technology and impressive careers.

At the end of the day, once the judging was complete, everyone was summoned to a lecture hall and the price giving ceremony began, along with a motivating talk straight after. The G04SET team achieved a Highly Commended and the EES team in the Systems and Control category came runners-up in their age group.  These two groups will attended the Prize Ceremony on Saturday 14 July. Many thanks again to the Chelmsford Engineering Society for being so inspirational to our young engineers.

Written by a student from Chelmsford County High School for Girls

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A Year 10 Student's View by Joe

CSES Schools' Engineering and Technology Competition by Joe, year 10 from KEGS

I'm Joe, and I took part in the 2011 CSES Schools' Engineering and Technology Competition. I entered a project I had done at an after school science and engineering club at my school. We were required to design and build a mode of transport for less than £10, and produce a project folder fully evaluating the steps we took to build our vehicle, and analyse the final product. I also put this forward for a silver CREST Award. My friend Dan and I looked at several types of transport to build, but decided on a hovercraft. Designing this hovercraft was a good way of developing our design skills, both on CAD and on paper. After building several prototypes, we decided on the one below.

Joe and Dan at the CSES schools' competition

Being able to build and test these prototypes was a great, practical way of learning vital Technology and Engineering skills such as problem solving. Completing the project folder also taught us a lot about evaluation and presentation, and about the harsh reality of deadlines! It was very fun building and painting our vehicle, and the sense that we'd really achieved something was brilliant.

We took our vehicle and the 30-page project folder to the judging event at Anglia Ruskin University, organised by the Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society, and talked at great lengths to several of the judges about what we had built, how we had built it and what we had learned along the way. It was great being able to tell people about what we had done, and to meet and talk to engineers and learn about the opportunities that are available to us. It was an added bonus to the day that we won our category! We really enjoyed taking part in this competition, and feel like we'd really achieved something. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes Engineering or thinks that it's something they'd maybe like to do as a career, as you can learn a lot, and I'd like to thank the Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society for the opportunity.

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A Sixth-Former's View by Ollie

CSES Schools' Engineering and Technology Competition by Ollie, year 12 from KEGS

This competition is a great way to show off a science or engineering project that you have been working on. This could be Design and Technology coursework (for example I entered my year 11 electronics coursework), a project from a school club, or something you’ve been working on at home. There are many categories to suit all different kinds of work. During the day, you spend time explaining and demonstrating your project to the judges (usually various engineering professionals) as well as your fellow students at the event. You also get a chance to see what other people have done. This can be great if you are looking for inspiration for future projects, especially if you look at what students older than you have done. You can enter alone or as a team, and if you’re good enough, there are significant prizes to be won. If you think you have a relevant project, I would encourage you to enter.

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