Pupils praised as mattress idea wins the day
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.