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London Leaders Award

The award, supported by UCL, invites pupils from Primary and Secondary schools in London to be inspired by an engineer from a local industry. They can then apply an engineer’s eye to the world and identify problems in need of solving. When they have settled on their idea, they draw and annotate it, making clear what the problem is and their unique solution to it.
The partnership with UCL extends to the selection of a winning entry for UCL engineers to make and present at the following year’s awards.
All entries we receive will be awarded certificates, some will achieve Merits and Distinctions. A panel chooses two great ideas from each year group. These winners are presented with awards as part of a private show and awards day, followed by a public exhibition. For more information on the London Primary Engineer and Secondary Engineer Leaders Award 2017-2018 contact info@leadersaward.com.

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2016/17 Winners

Lexie Teuton attends Gillespie Primary School in Islington, London where she is in Year 1. She was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci (even though he declined to visit the school!) and she has invented “The Skyscraper Wash” which is a spider-shaped robot which can scale tall buildings to wash the windows.
Sophia Hoemke De Souza is a Year 1 at St John’s CE Primary School in Sevenoaks, Kent. Iulia Motoc from the University of Kent visited the school and helped inspire Sophia to devise her “Solar Powered Handwarmers”, powered by the sun and designed to warm the user’s hands.
Benjamin Robinson goes to St John’s CE Primary School in Sevenoaks, Kent where he is a Year 2 pupil. Benjamin has invented his “Swim-Bots” which are miniature robots, worn in the water, to help the user learn to swim. Iulia Motoc from the University of Kent was an inspiration to all the children at the school.
Mia Jackson, a Year 2 pupil from St John’s CE Primary School in Sevenoaks, Kent, has devised the “Cat Flap with Eye Scanner” which allows only the user’s feline companion to enter the house by scanning the cat’s retinas – thus preventing non-domicile moggies from invading the premises. Also, the door of the cat flap works more like a shutter than a flap which is much easier for your cat. Once again, Iulia Motoc from the University of Kent was inspirational.
Laura Turnbull attends the James Allen’s Preparatory School in Dulwich, London where she is in Year 3. Engineer Adam Turnbull from Ove Arup visited the school to inspire the pupils and Laura invented the “Leaf Energy Maker” – a robot that collects leaf litter from the floor from which it extracts chlorophyll which, in turn, can be used in the manufacture of solar panels.
Claudia Quin is a pupil in Year 3 at the James Allen’s Preparatory School in Dulwich, London where she invented the “App for People with Chronic Illness” which is an application to assist people with chronic illnesses to manage their conditions by including such vital data such as a “Need Help” function, which will alert emergency services, maps to the nearest hospitals, support forum links and other vital information/services. Dina Ibrahim of UCL Engineering was inspirational for Claudia and other pupils at her school.
Elizabeth Sperotto is a Year 4 pupil at the James Allen’s Preparatory School in Dulwich, London. Elizabeth, after hearing Dina Ibrahim from UCL talk about engineering, has conceptualised “The Robotic Earthworm” which is a device that repairs burst water pipes of any size from the inside by use of water-activated resin squeezed out of the machine’s segmented body when it locates a crack/split/hole in the pipe.
Lyla Geraghty attends St James Primary School in Muswell Hill, London where she is in Year 4. After interviewing Civil Engineer, Claire Davies, Lyla came up with the idea for “Truggy” which is designed to assist mothers with small children when travelling – it is a foldable buggy with a suitcase attached.


Khadija Mirza is in Year 5 at the James Allen’s Preparatory School in Dulwich, London where she invented “The Injection Patch” which tackles the problem of disposable syringe needles by eliminating their need – an adhesive skin-patch with a clear gel containing the relevant inoculation or other drug would enable the dose to be absorbed thought the skin. Engineer Maswood Rahman was a source of inspiration for Khadija.
Ewan Harris from St John’s CE Primary School in Sevenoaks, Kent has invented the “Think Drink Bottle” – a device to help stop users from becoming dehydrated – if they have not taken a drink for a period of 1 hour, the cap of the bottle flashes to remind them to quench their thirst.  Iulia Motoc from the University of Kent was, once again, an inspiration for this Year 5 pupil
Thalia Rich attends the James Allen’s Preparatory School in Dulwich, London where she is in Year 6. Thalia has devised “The Collapsible Cup” which is an invention to alleviate the environmental problem of disposable cups for coffee and other beverages. Made from silicon, this cup folds flat and can be re-used time and again. UCL Engineering’s Dina Ibrahim was inspirational to Thalia.
Toby Stringer is in Year 6 at Felsted Preparatory School (Primary) in Felsted, Essex. Toby, following his interview with Hi-Precision Engineer, Neil Shakespeare, has invented “The Electricity Trampoline” that will generate power to charge small devices when children bounce on it – the benefits are threefold; environmentally clean source of energy, exercise for children and charged devices.
Christos Foti attends the Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School in Streatham, London where he is in Year 7. Inspired by Laura Schofield of Tideway Christos has invented “Tactical Eyes” which will utilise ultrasonic sensors to protect visually impaired users from obstacles such as low-hanging branches, door frames and road signs, thus the user not suffering from upper-body impacts.
Vishali Patel from the Old Palace of John Whitgift Senior School in Croydon, Surrey has invented the “Glucose Sensor Watch” – designed for Type1 and Type 2 Diabetics sufferers to transmits radio waves through the wearer’s skin to measure glucose levels in a discrete and pain-free manner. Vishali is a Year 8 student and was inspired by Nosa Odiase from Atkins.
Brook Lord, a Year 8 student of Bexley Grammar School in Welling, Kent was inspired by the visit of Steven leung of tfl to the school and came up with the notion of “The A-Tracker” – a 2 device piece of equipment designed to assist the parents and carers of Autistic children by, on the one hand, monitoring the wearer’s heart rate and, on the other, transmitting that data to a second wearer, alerting the latter should the former’s heartbeats increase.
Arundhathi Roy goes to Plashet School in East Ham, London where she is a Year 9 student. Arundhathi’s invention is the “Medi-Penser” which is a device that dispenses a patient’s medication at set times over the course of a day or week – the device alerts the patient by means of flashing lights, buzzing noises and will even text their phones. The device would also be available in a portable model
Nariné Der Hakobian attends Nonsuch High School for Girls in Cheam, Surrey where she is a Year 9 student. Nariné has utilised Civil Engineering techniques in her “An Invention to Stop Flooding Disasters” and it is a device that will raise a structure (such as a house) a minimum of 1 metre thus preventing any flood damage.
Aarushi Borkar is a Year 10 student from Nonsuch High School for Girls in Cheam, Surrey. Aarushi’s invention is the “Wind-Up Lighted Desk” which is a wooden desk with integrated wind-up power source (by way of pedal-power) that will provide illumination for studious pupils in an eco-friendly manner. Rebecca Ellis of BDP was an inspiration to Aarushi.
Timothy Moulding from Dulwich College in Dulwich, London is a Year 10 student that has invented the “Geriatric Healthcare by Voice Assistant Technology” which is based on Alexa from Amazon Echo and will assist medical practitioners and healthcare professionals monitor the well-being of elderly people utilising voice-activation and wearable technologies – the device would also be used by the old person themselves for day-to-day, non-medical, tasks.

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