‘Only you can save the world’ Competition Finals

Run by The Independent and the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol), the ‘Only you can save the world’ competition aimed to find bright thinkers of tomorrow. LC3 and UC4 (Year 9 and 10) students were invited to design, create or invent what humanity needs to make the world happier, safer or more sustainable. Pupils were asked to submit their designs as individuals and the top eight entries were asked to field teams of 10 from their school for the finals of the competition.

In EET lessons, LC3 girls are taught how to make technical drawings and it was decided that this competition would be a good avenue to test the efficacy of their skills by using drawings and a short PowerPoint presentation to communicate their conceptual ideas to a wider audience.

The winning entry, which earned a College team a place in the finals, was a Sign Language Translator designed by Heidi Gilje (LC3). Alongside her entry were many other innovative ideas such as an automatically steering tricycle (Nadezda Entts), a stair-climbing luxury wheelchair (Sofia Stephenson), fall-detecting jewellery (Eleanor Asasa), a seat belt alarm (Tallulah Edwards), a temperature sensing cat-flap (Katie Bowden) and many more.

The finals were held at UWE Bristol on 29th June, which unfortunately clashed with our LC3 Camp and Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Nonetheless, with some outstanding logistical arrangements by our Outdoor Education Department, we managed to field a team of five LC3 girls: Heidi Gilje, Nadezda Entts, Zarina Ivanova, Priyanka Patel and Morgan De Villers Kuun.

When we first arrived, we were delighted to see that the Judges’ wall of commended designs was made up primarily of CLC entries to the competition.

The first half of the day was a treasure-hunt/campus tour where pupils were given a taste of life at University. The second half of the day was a challenge to build a wind-turbine capable of generating the highest voltage – an exercise in design optimisation and aerodynamics.

Though there were only five in College's team and other teams fielded older pupils, one of the two designs that the girls created finished fourth, generating enough power to charge a mobile phone. Heidi Gilje was also awarded one of four £100 prizes for her Sign Language Translator.

Our girls really enjoyed the hands-on activity challenge and are looking forward to opportunities to compete in a similar events in the future.

Dr Lim, Head of Engineering, Enterprise and Technology