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Scottish Engineering Leaders Award

Supported by Scottish Engineering and The University of Strathclyde. This award invites pupils from Primary and Secondary schools in Scotland 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.
Graduate engineers at the University of Strathclyde are keen to choose a design to make, so alongside the idea, a good pitch letter could see a design made real.
All entries we receive will be awarded certificates, some may achieve Merits and Distinctions. A panel chooses two great ideas from each year group. These winners are presented with awards at The University of Strathclyde’s Barony Hall in Glasgow as part of a private show and awards night, followed by two open days where every school that entered will have at least one invention exhibited. For more information on the Scottish Engineering Leaders Award 2017-18 get in touch by emailing info@leadersaward.com.
Primary Engineer and the Leaders Award extend their thanks to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, The Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland and many others from across the engineering landscape for their support. The aim is to inspire pupils with the extraordinary careers available to them in the region, meet engineers and understand their career paths and motivation.

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Winners 2016/17

Dariusz Hannah is a Primary 1 pupil attending Kirkstyle Primary School in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire. His invention is the “Cat Saving Robot” (aka the “Tall-bot”) – a machine that helps solve that perennial problem of getting cats out of trees!
James Walker is a Primary 1 pupil from Hamilton College in Hamilton, Midlothian. James has invented the “Space Viewing Dome” – this orbiting platform, accessible by a Tube from Scotland, will be used to train scientists of the future, i.e., Scottish School children and was inspired by self-employed engineer Mr Frew who visited the school and talked to the children about engineering.
Bruce Cutlack, a Primary 2 pupil from Ulva Primary School on the Isle of Mull in Argyll & Bute came up with the idea of the “Nurdle Shredder”, designed to help marine-life by sucking-up Nurdles and those microscopic bits of plastic so recently prevalent in cosmetics and other such products but which are so deadly to animals like basking sharks. This machine is powered by Nurdles which are captured, shredded and used as fuel. Bruce was inspired by John Nicolson of TSL Contractors Ltd.
Finlay Gordon attends: Barshare Primary School in Cumnock, East Ayrshire and is in Primary 2. His innovation is the “Rainbow Maker” which works by spraying water onto a mirror whilst, at the same time, a light shines through the spray creating the desired effect. It also plays “Happy Birthday” whilst the rainbow is being created – all at the press of a button!! Finlay was inspired by self-employed engineer, Ken Mollinson
Euan Downie of St Denis’ Primary School in Glasgow is a Primary 3 pupil that has devised the “Lego Hoover” – a device that sucks-up the scattered and discarded little building bricks from around the house, it also separates them by colour. Robin Strubig of SSE inspired Euan to think of this invention.
Robbie Penwright has invented the “Tissue Sensor”, a device fitted to washing machines that prevents use of the laundry apparatus should it detect the presence of tissue paper in pockets or other such places in the dirty clothes. This is Robbie’s second trophy in 2 years and he attends Cromarty Primary School in Cromarty, Highland where he is Primary 3 pupil. Engineer Neil Robinson of SEMCO visited the school to inspire the children.
Ben Ross is a Primary 4 pupil from Doonfoot Primary School in Ayr, South Ayrshire. Ben has invented the “Ice Cream Oscillator” prevents the user from getting gooey hands when eating a frozen treat and Tim Hill from SgurrEnergy is the engineer that inspired him.
Lucy Hutchison attends Crosshill Primary School in Crosshill, South Ayrshire where she is a Primary 4 pupil. Lucy’s invention is the “Easy Peasy Soap”, a soap dispenser that shows users how much bacteria they still have on their hands after washing them.
Dylan-James Evan is a Primary 5 pupil from Stoneyburn Primary School in Stoneyburn, West Lothian where, after being inspired by Dr Peter Hughes from Primary Engineer, he devised the “Clothes-o-Matic” which is a device for older people and those with bad backs which automatically dresses them.
Grace Clark goes to St Fillan’s Primary School in Houston, Renfrewshire where she is a Primary 5 pupil. Grace has invented the “Food Scanner” is an app for Smart phones or tablets to scan food – the user will be notified when the food is due to go out-of-date so this device helps to save food waste and was inspired by engineer, Mr King, from Galliford Try Infrastructure Water.


Connie Scott-Lodge of Cromarty Primary School in Cromarty, Highland, where she is a Primary 6 pupil, came up with “Dolphin Safe” – an invention to help protect sea mammals from being caught and drowned in fishing nets. There is a water-proof speaker that plays the calls of Orca, the main predator of dolphins and other sea mammals, so as to scare them away from the nets. Neil Robinson from SEMCO inspired Connie when he visited her school.
Kerrin Conway attends Falkland Primary School in Falkland, Fife. She is Primary 6 pupil and has invented the “Sight Seeing Goggles” which is an invention to help blind people who have never been swimming before. The sensors in the goggles are programmed to tell you (via built-in headphones) where to go and when to stop. Aled Murphy of Raytheon was an inspirational figure for Kerrin when he visited her school.
Aimee Arndt, Primary 7 pupil from Linlithgow Primary School in Linlithgow, West Lothian was inspired by Angus Gallie from the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Aimee’s device, “The Big Rubbish Squasher” is a bin that squishes down the rubbish so that you will have room and bin lorry collections can be reduced.
Aidan Richardson is a Primary 7 pupil who attends St Ninian’s Primary School in Glasgow where he invented “The Moving Alarm Clock” which is an alarm clock that, when it goes off, it moves so that the user must chase it around to turn it off!! Niall Kennedy from British Aerospace visited Aidan’s school to inspire the pupils.
Hamish Doig attends the High School of Dundee in Dundee where he is a Secondary 1 student. Under the inspirational guidance of David Elder of Imrandd Limited, Hamish devised the “Eco Lux” – a biodegradable mix of bioluminescent bacteria in a nutrient gel in clear hexagonal tubes making – by way of standard photovoltaic cells – safe, affordable electricity available to the world.
Keigan Hill is a Secondary 1 student at the James Hamilton Academy in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire. Keigan’s invention is the “Switchy Soul” – a pair of football boots with interchangeable soles that the user can switch depending on the type of surface they are playing on. David Gillespie of Tinker and Hawk was inspirational in Keigan’s innovation.
Finn Brown is a Secondary 2 student at St Joseph’s College in Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway. Engineers J Dillett from IBM and J Coles from Dupont were inspirational in helping Finn devise his “Designing a Road and Rail Tunnel” which is a Civil Engineering project to connect Scotland with Northern Ireland by both rail, utilising the Maglev system, and road. The tunnel would be used by both passenger and freight traffic.
Thomas Holmes from St Joseph’s College in Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway was inspired by J Dillett from IBM and J Coles from Dupont when they visited the school. A Secondary 2 student, Thomas has invented the “Post Combustion Harmful Chemical Extractor” that is designed to stop harmful chemicals produced by fossil-fuel burning processes from being released into the atmosphere and granting us all a greener future.
Christian Crome attends the Vale of Leven Academy in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire where he is a Secondary 3 student. Christian has invented a “City Air Purifier” which is a multi-storey cylindrical building with each floor filled with plants and trees that breathe and process the large amounts of CO2 produced by everyday life in cities.
Sophie Tse of the Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr, South Ayrshire has invented the “Lexia Text” – an app to help young people with dyslexia which allows the user to capture text and change it to a dyslexia-friendly typeface in different font sizes. The app also allows the user to select different colour backgrounds for the text to enhance the sufferer’s reading experience. Sophie is a student in Secondary 3 and was inspired by Mr Pinder from the Royal Navy
Daria Damian is a student in Secondary 5 at St Joseph’s College in Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway and has devised “The Revolution of the Chair and Desk” – a complete re-think about the classroom furniture we use in schools which utilises materials such as Carbon Fibre and Wurtzite Boron Nitrate. Engineer J Dillett from IBM was inspirational to Daria.

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