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Eggar’s School in Alton, Hampshire wins Begbroke Science Park’s Innovation Showcase Award 2018
A team of aspiring entrepreneurs from Eggar’s School pitched their innovative ‘Inside Out’ jumper to the judges at Begbroke Science Park, winning the Innovation Showcase Award.
BSP welcomed up to 40 Year 9 and 10 pupils from schools across the counties to their annual Innovation Showcase event, asking them to try their hand at turning cutting edge science into commercial business ideas. The five teams took recent scientific discoveries and developed them into new commercial products, presenting their designs and business plans ‘Dragons Den’ style in competition for the sought-after Innovation Showcase Winners title.
The winning team’s innovative ‘Inside Out’ jumper incorporates a new ‘smart’ fabric which gives the wearer a heating or cooling effect depending on which way round the jumper is worn. The idea is based on recent research published by Stanford University. The team caught the judges’ attention with their excellent presentation, well thought-out strategy, innovative thinking and clear explanation of the technology.
The Innovation Showcase, which has now been running for eight years requires great team effort under pressure, and the fantastic ideas they come up with deserve recognition. Amongst the other ideas were a saliva powered emergency GPS device, a transparent electronic skin patch displaying health parameters such as heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar, and novel light-weight military uniforms with heating-cooling functions or octopus-like camouflage capability.
The pupils also had the opportunity to visit two of Begbroke Science Park’s leading research laboratories and see first-hand how studying science can lead to many exciting careers. In the University of Oxford’s Impact Laboratory, Graham Hillsdon illustrated how engineers here are working to make aeroplanes, train journeys and cycle helmets safer, whilst in the Advanced Processing Materials Laboratory, Dr Enzo Liotti showed the pupils various machines that help scientists scale up research to prove their theories at an industrial scale.
Judging this year’s event Dr Cordelia Rampley, CTO of Oxford Molecular Biosensors commented, “The students did very well in this year’s Innovation Showcase. I was particularly impressed with the confidence with which they presented their ideas, and how considered their approach had been with regards to many of the challenges involved in inventing a product. They had clearly thought through their product design, their customers and how they might market their ideas.”
Leading a talk about his own company based at Begbroke, Mark Evans, CEO of Adaptix Ltd, stated “It is always a pleasure to welcome to Begbroke what we hope will be the next generation of STEM talent. Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties’ schools develop fantastic students, and we hope that the young people that attended Begbroke will one day join a tech company such as Adaptix and play their part in driving the Oxfordshire and UK economy.”
The event forms part of the BSP’s School Event Series. Future events include the Practical Nanoscience Workshop for schools for KS3/4 students on 12 June 2019 and a Practical Nanoscience Workshop for science teachers on 10 July 2019. For more information or to book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org.