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School pupils impress with their award-winning ideas at Edge Hill University

Publish date: June 23, 2022

Primary school children were welcomed to Edge Hill University’s campus to accept an award for their innovative engineering ideas.

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Pupils from across Merseyside and Cheshire participated in a national competition which asked children ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’. They joined the thousands of pupils from across the UK who submitted their designs to be graded by engineers, with every child receiving a certificate and grade from an engineer.

As part of the competition, experts from Edge Hill’s Engineering Department helped to judge the entries from across the region and the University’s engineering students will also build a prototype selected from the winning designs.

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Associate Head of Engineering Professor Ray Sheriff said: “We are delighted to play a part in inspiring the next generation of young engineering minds. Having looked at the entries it is clear that British engineering has a very bright future.”

Primary Engineer, who organise the competition, is an educational not-for-profit organisation that brings engineering into the classroom through a series of courses and competitions, all designed to inspire the next generation of engineers.

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The judges special award went to Leonardo, a Year 6 at Liverpool College, who designed the Anti Waste Fridge, while designs from Pleasant Street Primary, Woolston Community Primary and Beaumont Primary were all on display at a special exhibition.

Nathalie Cachet-Gaujard from Primary Engineer said: “We are delighted to partner with Edge Hill University on this competition and it was wonderful to see the pupils rewarded for their great engineering solutions and to see so many entries on display for all to see. It is particularly moving to see so many entries providing solutions to real problems, solutions to help people and wanting to make the work a better place. But this is not the end of this year’s story, Edge Hill University will select from the entries and pick one or more entries and bring them to life through building a prototype which will be unveiled at next year’s award ceremony.”

With this year’s competition coming to an end, the Engineering Department at Edge Hill will select one of the winners to turn it into a working prototype to inspire children and show that school pupils’ ideas can inspire engineers to change the world.

The competition celebrates its 10th Anniversary next year and is free to enter. It’s open to all primary and secondary schools in the UK, and teachers can register online and access the resources and lesson plans to support the competition.

For further information, please visit: www.leadersaward.com

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