Sibford School student wows at National Girls Engineering Competition

Year 11 student, Charlotte, from Sibford School came a magnificent second place at the 2019 National Engineering Competition for Girls with her robot prototype.

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25th March 2019 — Charlotte, who attends Sibford School, presented her design at the Big Bang Fair at the National Exhibition Centre where she received her certificate and a £300 prize from BBC science reporter, Marty Jopson.

The competition sponsors, Rolls Royce Aero Engines and Pepsico, have invited Charlotte and the other winners to attend exclusive behind-the-scenes tours later this year.

Tasked with a brief to solve key challenges of the 21st Century, Charlottes’ prize-winning robot uses tablet computers to provide access to teachers and teaching materials for young people while they undergo hospital treatment. Charlotte developed several prototypes and wrote extensive computer code in order to produce her demonstrator robot.

Toby Spence, Head Teacher at Sibford School said ‘We are thrilled by Charlotte’s success in this competition. Charlotte is a highly motivated student who brings a ‘can do’ attitude to all that she does. We know Charlotte to be both creative and tenacious and her award is a tremendous credit for her endeavours. The practical potential of Charlotte’s design are significant and we look forward to seeing where her engineering skills take her next.'

Charlotte was also delighted to be approached at the fair by the head of paediatric medicine at a major UK hospital, who would like to explore taking her proof-of-concept into design development.

She said ‘I am really pleased that my robot gained so much attention throughout the competition from the judges. It was a wonderful experience being able to present my design and prototype to the public, particularly in a field that I am so passionate about.’

Sibford School (Coed 3-18) is a day and boarding school in Oxfordshire.

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