Avye Couloute, a year 9 student from Surbiton High School, has been crowned as the UK Young Engineer of the Year. Avye impressed the judges with her invention which seeks to improve indoor air quality by monitoring and reacting to CO2 levels. The solution can benefit classrooms, collaborative working spaces, and seated eating areas in the hospitality sector.

Avye has been awarded £2000 to continue her STEM journey. Congratulations Avye!

Meet the core prize winners for engineering

More prizes were awarded to some brilliant young people. They include:

Lily-Mai Spinks, a year 12 student from Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form Free School in Norwich, has won the senior engineering category in the finals of The Competition, for her project titled ‘ISOPOD’. Lily-Mai made a tent with a concertina design, aiming to provide a user and eco-friendly festival camping alternative.

Om Patel, a year 11 student from Queen Elizabeth’s School in North London, has won the intermediate engineering category for his project titled ‘Supporting People with Dorsal Flexor Weakness (Drop Foot) and Normal Calf Weakness’. This aims to support people with some walking difficulties with a designed a prototype brace that supports the leg from the knee to the foot and ensures that the person can walk more naturally.

Ryan Stubbs and William Bradshaw, a year 8 student team from St Faith’s School in Cambridge, have won the junior engineering category for their project titled ‘ElectroPi’. They created a seed-planting robot, which is designed to plant and water seeds based on soil moisture levels.

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