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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.
The deadline is the 29th March 2017. 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 on the 2nd June 2017, followed by two open days where every school that entered will have at least one invention exhibited on the 3rd and 4th June 2017. For more information on the Scottish Engineering Leaders Award Exhibition, please click here and register your interest!
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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Past Winners 15/16

Karren Hall: is a 5 year old pupil from Bellsbank Primary School in Dalmellington (East Ayrshire). Her Dry and Fold not only dries the washing it also folds it for you. Kevan Aitkin of Ayrshire Road Alliance was inspirational for Karren.
Keira Lamond: is a 5 year old Strathmiglo Primary School (Fife) pupil and she has invented the Key-less Door which allows people’s to use their ‘phones to open doors rather than a key. Babcock’s David Smith was instrumental in inspiring her.
Robbie Penwright: is a 6 year old pupil from Cromarty Primary School (Highlands) and has invented the Welly Sealer to stop water going down inside your wellies. Robbie hates getting wet feet! He was inspired to create this by our very own University of Strathclyde Prototype Team.
Eve Angus: is a 6 year old pupil from Forgandenny Primary School (Perth & Kinross). Her design, the Long Time Crosser – an updated Pelican Crossing to give old people more time to cross the road. Helen Potter of Potter & Potter Ltd was an inspiration to Eve.
Elena Ciambrone: is a 7 year old pupil from St. Blane’s Primary School in Glasgow. She has devised a Sock Sorter to keep socks together in the washing machine via magnetic barcodes. Mums will love it!
Isaac Glen: is 11 years old and attends Langside Primary School in Glasgow. His Recycle Water System collects rain water as it falls and also draws surface water from gardens, yards, etc., converting it into anti-climate change energy for homes. Isaac, along with his P7 classmates at Langside, was inspired by his father, David Glen from Jacob Engineering Consultants.


Olivia Dempster: is a 7 year old pupil from Galston Primary School (East Ayrshire) who has invented a Self-Rocking Baby Cot with Sensor to help restless babies and tired mums – she was inspired by engineer John Nolan from Neogen.
Olivia Johnstone: is Strathmiglo Primary School’s (Fife) second winner. She is 8 years old and has invented the Waste Water Heat Recovery System to help people save that most critical asset, water. Dave Smith and Chris Small of Babcock were of great inspiration to Olivia.
Grace Finlay: our second Craigrothie Primary School winner is 11 years old and has devised ‘ROB’ or ‘Roll Over Bench’ which means you will never again have a soggy bottom by sitting on a wet bench! Mike Wilkie, Martin Beckford and Callum Lawson from Quaker Oats helped inspire this innovation.
Maia Ota: goes to Bruntsfield Primary School in Edinburgh and is 9 years old. Her “Find My Parking Spot” (or “Parky”, for short) is a sensor and Smart Phone app used in conjunction with each other to help people find a place to park their cars. Aaron Maguire from Energy and Marine Technology was instrumental in her thought processes!
Katie Clark: is a 10 year old girl who attends Whitdale Primary School in Bathgate. To accommodate the vagaries of British weather, she has devised the ‘Umber-Wirly’, a circular washing line with a rain sensor and umbrella. Helen Young of West Lothian College and Alain Dreze from Mitsubishi were her inspirational engineers.
Hannah Graham: attends St Fillans Primary School, Houston. She is 10 years old and has devised a mug for blind people called ‘The Beeper’. She notes that her invention will help people like her Granda because you can pour the tea and, if required, milk into it and, when it is full, it beeps. Sarah Williams, a Bio-Medical Engineer from Glasgow University was inspirational to Hannah.
Andrew Laing: is a 10 year old from Craigrothie Primary School (Fife). His invention is the ‘Turn Over Speed Bump’ or ‘TOSP’ – a built-in device to slow normal traffic and, at the same time, to enable emergency 999 vehicles to pass without slowing down. Andrew drew his inspiration from Mike Wilkie, Martin Beckford and Callum Lawson from Quaker Oats.
Archie Cooper: from Inverkeilor Primary School (Angus) is 11 years old. His innovation is the ‘Safety Sole’ – shoes or insoles that monitor and report to medical personnel such details as heart rate, blood pressure, etc., plus it has a GPS system so those medical personnel know where you are in case of emergency. David Wise-Mann was inspirational to Archie.

2015/16 Scottish Engineering Winners

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