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The Master’s level students from the University of Strathclyde, after much fun deliberating, have decided which winning design from the Scottish Engineering Leaders Award they will be creating!



The winner was Grace, a P7 pupil from Craigrothie Primary School, near Cupar in Fife who designed a rotating park bench.


‘Let me share with you my inspiration for my invention. One day I was in a park and I was going to sit on a bench when I noticed it was covered in water. Every bench was. That made me think. What if they was a way to have a dry sear when it was raining? That’s when it hit me’ Grace Finlay


The team went up to Fife to give Grace and her family the wonderful news that they will be engineering her design and will have the big reveal of the finished product  at the Barony Hall in Glasgow on Friday 2nd June as part of the Scottish Engineering Leaders Award exhibition.
Gemma, Amir, Christopher, William and James from the Proto Team have kindly committed to supporting the schools develop their understanding of engineering skills and careers in engineering and manufacturing and will be presenting to the school early next year.


Gemma Houston said, ‘The next stage for us is some computer simulation and then hopefully start the exciting bit of building at the start of next semester. We also hope to arrange a visit for Grace to come down to the University to see the workshop in action!’


The Leaders Award is a free competition for schools throughout the UK where children are asked : If you were an engineer, what would you do? It encourages young people in Primary and Secondary level education to problem-find, rather than simply problem-solve and to think creatively about the problems, as they see them, in their world. The competition affords teachers a great opportunity to do some inter-disciplinary learning as it combines literacy, STEM and wellbeing strands of the curriculum. To register, click here

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