Phoenix Academy students win Imperial's Maker Challenge
West London's future engineers from Phoenix Academy took part in the Maker's Challenge by Imperial College London, and won prizes for their inspiring inventions, and thought-provoking pitches.
The 12 week Maker Challenge is aimed at 14-18 year olds in the White City area, and operates throughout the year. Phoenix Academy is proud to be a long-term participant of the programme which encourages and inspires young people to become more involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers, and to gain a wide-range of hands-on skills to support them in later life.
Students develop skills in 3D printing, design, product development, project management, and team building, to design products, create prototypes, and present their ideas at the final programme showcase.
The showcase, which took place on Tuesday 27 March, was held at the Reach Out Makerspace in the Inventions Room at Imperial College London's White City Campus, very close to Phoenix Academy's site.
Phoenix Academy student Madeena received first prize, for her invention the Lumi Lamp, ahead of Westminster Academy, while another Phoenix Academy student, Muhammad, won third prize.
Madeena told us about her invention, the Lumi Lamp:
"I was inspired to develop the Lumi Lamp because I struggle to sleep without being in complete darkness, but I know it’s not good to leave a light on all night. That made me think about whether I could design a lamp that would know when you fall asleep and turn itself off.
"The Maker Challenge has been fantastic. As it runs after school you might expect to find it tiring, but it’s so fun that I always arrived enthusiastic and excited to get going.
"I love engineering, and the way it makes you look at things in different ways to solve problems. This is just the first step for me."
Muhammad, who took the third prize, invented the Shebag - a bag that can charge portable devices while keeping them safe and dry in wet weather.
We are very proud of the students involved in this event, and their fascinating inventions.
Phoenix Academy believes strongly that opportunities like these help to enhance the student experience at our school, and enrich their knowledge and skills developed from our outstanding curriculum.