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Girls from Carterton Community College win Begbroke Science Park’s Innovation Showcase Award 2019

An all-female team of aspiring entrepreneurs from Carterton Community College pitched their innovative ‘Stretchy electric skin’ to the judges at Begbroke Science Park, winning the 2019 Innovation Showcase Award.

BSP welcomed Year 9 and 10 pupils from schools across the counties to their annual Innovation Showcase event, asking them to try their hands 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 versatile ‘Stretchy electric skin’ generates electricity from movement, such as walking or running, allowing to power small electronic devices. The idea is based on recent research published by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. 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 almost ten years, requires great team effort under pressure, and the fantastic ideas the pupils come up with deserve recognition. Amongst the other ideas were a chameleon inspired camouflage suit for the armed forces, a smart self-repairing ‘quick fix’ patch, a ‘robotic skin’ material and a smart paint which changes colour when damp and so allows early detection of water leaks.

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, Dr Mattia Montanari 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.

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 10 June 2020 and a Practical Nanoscience Workshop for science teachers on 1 July 2020. For more information or to book a place email


Joanna Grant