Budding engineers from James Allen’s Preparatory School win regional awards

Eleven pupils from Years 3 to 6 at James Allen’s Preparatory School have had their entries recognised at the Primary Engineer London Special Leader’s Award.

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6th June 2019 — Eleven pupils from Years 3 to 6 at James Allen’s Preparatory School have had their entries recognised at the Primary Engineer London Special Leader’s Award.

Supported by Kingston University London and Siemens, the award invites pupils from Primary schools in London to be inspired by an engineer from a local industry and identify problems in the world that need solving. Once pupils had decided on an idea, they were asked to draw it and annotate it, explaining what their unique solution to the problem is.

The pupils at James Allen’s Preparatory school enjoyed visits from several industry experts during the annual DT Design Week held at the school in November. They met engineers from ARUP, London South Bank University, Bloodhound SSC Education and Engineers without Borders who inspired pupils and helped them to work on their individual entries.

Seven pupils from across the school were shortlisted for their entries, and two pupils in Year 4 were awarded Highly Commended by the judges. Dalia in Year 3 was awarded a trophy for her idea ‘Energy Lane’, a design in which all cycle paths have electricity generating pads that collect energy from moving bicycles, before absorbing said energy into the grid for green energy. Maya in Year 4 was also awarded a trophy for her design of a ‘smart sticker plaster’ for diabetic people to wear on their arm. The sticker changes colour and beeps when their blood sugar level drops, as well as alerting parents of the situation via a phone app.

Speaking about the awards, Headteacher Finola Stack commented, ‘We are very pleased for the girls who have been recognised at the Leader Awards. They have worked extremely hard on their engineering designs, all of which have the potential to make a significant impact on the way we live. Congratulations to the pupils and to their Design and Technology teacher, Mrs Fox.’

All eleven winning students have been chosen to put their designs on display at a public exhibition at Kingston University on 21st June.

James Allen's Preparatory School (Girls 4-11) is a day school in South East London.

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