Homewood School student wins Engineer Leaders Award for South East
A Year 10 Homewood student has been named as a top engineer leader for the South East in a regional secondary school competition. Fourteen year old Lilly scooped the title after beating off stiff competition in her age group in the annual Primary and Secondary Engineer Leaders Awards, run by Primary Engineer.
The competition, which involves over 23,000 students across the country every year, requires entrants to answer the question: “If you were an engineer, what would you do?” Through interviewing an engineer entrants identify a problem, then draw out and annotate a solution to it and explain why the solution should be manufactured. Every entry is carefully reviewed and graded by a team of qualified engineers and educational experts.
For her engineering idea, Lilly chose a window in which the glass colour can change at the touch of a button. Her inspiration was the desire to find a way to make people feel happier and enable them to actively improve their mood. She thought that it would be a good idea if people were able to change their window colour, and thereby the light coming into a room, to a colour that made them feel more relaxed and happy.
Lilly developed the concept following an interview with John Richie, of specialist product design company 4C Design. She hopes that people who experience seasonal affective disorder during dark winters or spend a lot of time in the dark, perhaps doing shift work, will also benefit from the idea. Her design also features a timer so that the window can be dimmed for sleep times, which could be particularly helpful for young children or even travellers adjusting to a new time zone.
Lilly received her trophy at a special ceremony at Christ Church University on Monday 10 June, prior to the official opening of an exhibition in the university’s Augustine Hall of all shortlisted entries for the South East.
The entry of another Homewood student is also included in the exhibition. Fifteen-year old Emily’s proposal for a handy travel tray was Highly Commended by the judges.
Homewood principal Sally Lees said: “We are extremely proud of Lilly and Emily for their achievement. Engineering is all around us – from helping us complete everyday tasks to solving critical worldwide problems. Therefore encouraging our students, particularly women, to consider a career in engineering is really important for the future.”