Scholar selected for Young Engineer for Britain Mentoring Programme
10 November 2015
Oakham School Seventh Former Harry Smith is one of just 17 students in the country to have qualified for the prestigious Young Engineer for Britain Mentoring Programme. This also means he has been automatically entered into the UK Young Engineer of the Year competition.
Harry, who is an Arkwright scholar, applied for the programme after submitting his idea and design for a project that has a unique and useful real-world application. His winning project design was for a wall-climbing painting robot that has the ability to climb walls, using suction, and paint them. The robot also dries the paint as it is applied and cleans itself.
For the first stage of the programme, Harry attended a Mentor Day at the National Physical Laboratory, where he had the opportunity to learn how to market a product, how to design display materials and stands, how to follow a scientific method, and of course, how to deliver the all-important elevator pitch.
Students also had the opportunity to apply for sponsorship by pitching their idea to three panels and be twinned with a company, who could provide guidance and financial backing to develop the product. “I’m feeling rightfully nervous,” said Harry, “but I’ve got utter confidence in my idea – it’s just down to how I deliver on the day.”
Harry’s preparation paid off, and he secured a mentor from the National Physical Laboratory. His project was also dubbed ‘highly likely’ to represent Great Britain at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona in May, which is the world’s largest international pre-university science competition.
"Harry is a very talented pupil and we are very proud of his latest achievement," said Tim Weston, Head of Design Technology. "We hope he is successful at achieving his place at the finals in the US next year."