Stu­dents cel­e­brate STEM cre­ations

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - By Me­gan Cox me­gan.cox@trin­i­tymir­

FROM a vest that pre­dicts epilep­tic fits, to a phone case which pro­tects young women from at­tacks, Lough­bor­ough En­dowed Schools are cel­e­brat­ing their fourth suc­ces­sive year of tri­umph in Science, Technology, En­gi­neer­ing and Maths (STEM) com­pe­ti­tions.

Over the past 12 months, nu­mer­ous teams from across the Foun­da­tion have en­tered and won re­gional, na­tional and, for the first time, in­ter­na­tional STEM ac­co­lades.

A team from Lough­bor­ough Gram­mar School beat off com­pe­ti­tion from 21,000 stu­dents from across the coun­try to be crowned win­ners of the UK Young En­gi­neer of the Year 2017 with their in­no­va­tive ‘E1’ in­ven­tion.

The E1 is a wear­able vest for peo­ple with epilepsy, de­signed by Sankha Ka­ha­gala-Ga­m­age and David Bern­stein that looks to pre­dict a fit up to eight min­utes in ad­vance.

The two young in­ven­tors were re­cently the first team to rep­re­sent the UK in the China Ado­les­cent Science and Technology In­no­va­tion Con­test, where they fin­ished in third place and won a spe­cial award.

They will go on to com­pete in the au­tumn against 48 teams from across Europe, demon­strat­ing their prod­uct at the Euro­pean Young Sci­en­tist Fair in Es­to­nia.

Team Safe­case, made up of Grace John­ston and Meeram Ibrahim from Lough­bor­ough High School, de­signed a dy­namic phone case with em­bed­ded se­cu­rity features to com­bat thefts and at­tacks against young women.

The team was also suc­cess­ful and won the Dig­i­tal Skills Cat­e­gory at the Teen­tech Awards.

Team S.P.A.R (Sup­port­ing Pupils with Aug­mented Re­al­ity), com­pris­ing Kul­jee­van Singh, Matthew Younger and Brendan Mi­ralles from Lough­bor­ough Gram­mar School, cre­ated a vir­tual school that en­ables young pa­tients with a long-term ill­ness to join live or vir­tual les­sons.

The project scooped the over­all win­ner at the Big Bang Re­gional Fair.

Daljit Kaur, head of STEM In­no­va­tion at Lough­bor­ough Gram­mar School, said: “The achieve­ments rep­re­sent a true col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort within the schools.

“Pupils have worked through lunchtimes and week­ends and have en­listed the help of Sixth Form stu­dents, to­gether with pro­fes­sors, STEM Am­bas­sadors, char­i­ties and the PTA, to help build their projects.”

The stu­dents’ suc­cesses have at­tracted in­ter­est from sev­eral high­pro­file bod­ies.

With sup­port from Lough­bor­ough En­dowed Schools, many of th­ese stu­dents are now work­ing with es­tab­lished com­pa­nies to take th­ese con­cepts for­ward to the next stage of de­vel­op­ment.

Pic­tured, from left to right, are Matthew Younger, Kul­jee­van Singh and Brendan Mi­ralles, from Lough­bor­ough Gram­mar School. The trio were over­all win­ners at the Big Bang Re­gional Fair.

Pic­tured are Meeram Ibrahim (cen­tre left) and Grace John­ston (cen­tre right), the win­ners in the Dig­i­tal Skills Cat­e­gory at the Teen­tech Awards.

From left to right, David Bern­stein and Sankha Ka­ha­gala-Ga­m­age, de­sign­ers of the E1 project which they re­cently demon­strated in China.

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