Year 11 student, Charlotte, came a magnificent second place at the 2019 National Engineering Competition for Girls.
She presented her design at the Big Bang Fair at the National Exhibition Centre where she received her certificate and a £300 prize from BBC science reporter, Marty Jopson.
The competition sponsors, Rolls Royce Aero Engines and Pepsico, have invited Charlotte and the other winners to attend exclusive behind-the-scenes tours later this year.
Tasked with a brief to solve key challenges of the 21st Century, Charlottes’ prize-winning robot uses tablet computers to provide access to teachers and teaching materials for young people while they undergo hospital treatment. Charlotte developed several prototypes and wrote extensive computer code in order to produce her demonstrator robot.
Toby Spence, Head Teacher at Sibford School said ‘We are thrilled by Charlotte’s success in this competition. Charlotte is a highly motivated student who brings a ‘can do’ attitude to all that she does. We know Charlotte to be both creative and tenacious and her award is a tremendous credit for her endeavours. The practical potential of Charlotte’s design are significant and we look forward to seeing where her engineering skills take her next.’
Charlotte was also delighted to be approached at the fair by the head of paediatric medicine at a major UK hospital, who would like to explore taking her proof-of-concept into design development.
Well done Charlotte for all your hard work!