Awarded for their forward-thinking ideas, students from Wallington High School for Girls and Sutton Grammar School presented their solutions to address London’s future transport needs in the Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) #ICanEngineer futuristic transportation competition.
The AeroVan designed by Yuvathi Kumar, Amineh Abbas and Akankshya Sahoo from Wallington High School for Girls were joint winners of Sustainability Award with Chigwell School. Powered by solar energy, the Aerovan is vehicle that converts into a plane to avoid congestion in highly populated areas and reducing carbon emissions.
Taking the top prize was Adamant Edindon, Yuvan Chikka and Jassim Araim Sutton Grammar School for the flying ‘Petocopter’. The four coptered pod, operated with artificial intelligence will enable commuters and tourist alike to avoid congestion hotspots. Citing Isambard Kingdom Brunel – ICE superhero as their inspiration for his engineering brilliance and revolutionary thinking towards transport, the students also embedded an inclusive design which is suitable for people with disabilities.
ICE London Director Jonathan Baggs said:
“The #ICanEngineer Competition has shown that our schools are full of the engineers of tomorrow. I’ve been so impressed with the quality, detail and thought that have gone into all the entries. Every group should be incredibly proud of themselves.
“I hope too that these pupils now see that engineering as a creative industry solving some of the biggest challenges in society; and that in the not too distant future, they will be involved in new transport solutions for London”.
Organised by the ICE London Graduates and Students committee as a part of Tomorrow Engineers Week, the #ICanEngineer final was held on 6 November at Parliament in Westminster. Over 19 other students from across London competed, with the winning students chosen by a group of engineers including Professor Lord Robert Mair, ICE President 2017/18 who presented them with their trophy and certificates. An award for innovation was also given out on the day.
Rt Hon Tom Brake MP said:
“Congratulations to Wallington High School for Girls for being joint winners of the sustainability award in the ICE’s I Can Engineer competition. It was great to meet the teachers and students from both Wallington High School for Girls and Sutton Grammar to hear about their future transport solutions.
Civil engineering is central to society, and initiatives like the I Can Engineer competition bring to life the variety in the sector and help participants picture it as a future career”.
The winners of the overall #ICanEngineer 2018 competition from Sutton Grammar won a day shadowing engineers including a site visit, courtesy of Markides Associates who sponsor the award. All the winners from the other categories also received and an assortment of gifts from engineering organisations; Arup, Highways England and Price and Myers who also sponsored the competition.
As part of a day of activities, the students also participated in a structure building workshop and were treated to an engineering tour of Parliament, before visiting the ICE’s Invisible Superheroes Exhibition.