For the third year in a row Oakham triumphed at the TeenTech Final, with Form 6 student Holly winning the Best Research Award Project for her inquiry into the causes of the underrepresentation of women in computer science.
Form 2 pupil James also received an honourable mention for his project MODsee, which is a modular robot that can reconfigure itself for search and rescue operations.
All of Oakham’s finalists joined talented entrepreneurs from across the country at the Royal Society in London to present their pioneering ideas to a team of judges made up of celebrities, journalists and eminent academics. This included Head of BBC Science Andrew Cohen, BBC Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, Science and Tech reporter Dallas Campbell and Television Presenter and Journalist James May.
The other ideas from Oakham School that won much-coveted places in the final were:
VanGuard, which is an intelligent speed bump aiming to protect pedestrians from vehicle-based terror attacks. The team, led by Zsolti, earned a place in the Research and Information Literacy category. It is unique in that the team was made up of a group of home-educated primary-aged students based in London, who worked collaboratively and remotely! The team narrowly missed out on winning an award.
Anyweara, created by Aashish and Georgia and nominated in the Wearable Technology category, is a heated, waterproof and dirt-repellent jacket for homeless people that unfolds into a sleeping bag.
“To win an award, as well as have four teams in the Final, is an outstanding result for both our students and the School,” says Darryl Toerien, Head of Library, who coordinated the entries. “What makes this achievement extraordinary is the fact that whilst some of the projects were inspired by work undertaken in class, all of our entries were developed outside of lessons – during a weekly TeenTech activity session. This indicates our students’ impressive levels of independent learning and self-motivation - whilst not forgetting their entrepreneurial flair.”
Oakham has forged an incredibly strong reputation in the TeenTech competition over the past three years. Two years ago five teams progressed to the Final, competing in six categories and winning three! Last year six teams were selected for the Final, competing in an impressive 10 categories, which resulted in two wins overall.