Pupils praised as mat­tress idea wins the day

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TWO STU­DENTS are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter win­ning a pres­ti­gious en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy com­pe­ti­tion against some of Sur­rey and Berk­shire’s best schools.

Luke Cooper-Smith, 15, from Chal­font St Peter, and Zahir Raja, 14, Ger­rards Cross, led a team of eight stu­dents from in­de­pen­dent Berk­shire school, LVS As­cot, as they trav­elled to Siemens Health­care’s Frim­ley head­quar­ters to present their award win­ning con­cept.

The pair had worked tire­lessly on the idea since the com­pe­ti­tion launched in Jan­uary, gain­ing valu­able in­sight from face to face meet­ings and email con­tact with their two Siemens men­tors.

The tech­nol­ogy gi­ant uses the com­pe­ti­tion, in con­junc­tion with Sur­rey SATRO, to mo­ti­vate school chil­dren to look at ca­reers in some as­pect of science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing or maths.

The Mo­bi­mat, an in­flat­able mov­ing mat­tress to avoid pres­sure ul­cers, was widely ac­knowl­edged as the best idea.

Sales di­rec­tor of Siemen’s Health­care, Steve Holmes, was also full of praise for the way the school con­ducted them­selves as a team: “LVS As­cot’s con­cept was a well thought through, high impact so­lu­tion that demon­strated ex­cel­lent re­search and team ef­fort. There was a huge amount of pas­sion shown in ev­ery team mem­ber and in how ev­ery­thing was cre­ated”.

The Mayor of Sur­rey Heath, Joanne Pot­ter, made the pre­sen­ta­tion to the win­ning team.

De­sign and tech­nol­ogy teacher Carol Robinson said: “I am so proud of Luke, Zahir and all of our team for suc­cess­fully putting into prac­tice all that they have learnt in lessons at LVS As­cot. We al­ways look to en­hance stu­dents’ in­ter­ests and abil­i­ties in the science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths sub­jects as they are so cru­cial to so many ca­reer op­tions and pro­vide them with greater choice in fu­ture.”

The eight par­tic­i­pants from the win­ning team re­ceived Kin­dles from Siemens as a re­ward, along with a glass tro­phy. Last month two of LVS As­cot’s three teams made the fi­nal of the SATRO Prob­lem Solv­ing Chal­lenge at ACS Cob­ham.

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