Last year during science week, students from year 9 and year 10 entered a competition run by Primary Engineer called "If you were an Engineer what would you do?".
This competition involved the students thinking of an engineering invention that could solve a problem in their own life or in the wider world generally. They were required to draw a picture of their invention and write a detailed letter to the engineers explaining why their design should be built.
While many of our students won certificates and prizes for their inventions, this week Primary Engineer announced that the ‘SMA Jacket’ designed by Krystyna Marshall, had been chosen to be made into a Prototype by the Proto Team at the University of Central Lancashire UCLan!
As part of their planning, the engineering team met with Krystyna find out her ideas for the design as well as discuss their progress with turning the design into a working prototype.
The engineers told Krystyna that they were so impressed with her design that they had secured funding for further research, in the form of a PhD, to happen on this design. This means that within a few years, and after hundreds of thousands of pounds of research, Krystyna's design may be able to have real world applications helping people with their movement in their daily lives.
The unveiling of the prototype will happen at an Awards event at Burnley College in the summer.
What a fantastic achievement. Well Done Krystyna.