DT students and Arkwright scholars, Simon Crowther and Sam Wheelhouse, were recently invited to exhibit their latest DT projects at the Arkwright Scholarship Awards ceremony at the prestigious Institution of Engineering and Technology in London.
The exhibition was also the location for the finals of the Sir Henry Royce competition. Run by the Arkwright Trust, this competition is open to all students in receipt of an Arkwight scholarship. Simon and Sam were delighted to have made the final 15 of the competition, and went down to London at the end of October to showcase their A Level DT projects.
Simon's project is called 'Flood Alert' and was inspired by the flooding of his home in 2007. The alert detects the level of the watercourse and if it reaches a critical level, sends a text message to home owners warning of the imminent danger of flooding.
Sam's project is called 'Autodock' and is a system that can be fitted to ships to enable them to dock automatically.
Both students did incredibly well to reach the finals of this competition; Simon was eventually crowned the winner and was awarded the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Award - a gold medal and a £200 cheque - which, he says, will go towards helping him pursue his dreams of studying Civil engineering at university.