Inventions to ‘make life better’ impress the judges at TeenTech awards

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
Ingenious: The team from Isaac Newton Academy explain the S.T.EYE condom to Dr Christian Jessen (Photo: TeenTech Awards)

Sunglasses to monitor epilepsy, an “e-water tap” for use in Africa, and a condom that changes colour when it comes into contact with common STIs – these were among the winners in the 2015 TeenTech competition.

The finals of the awards featured more than 100 young innovators from schools across the country, who visited the Royal Society last month to present their ideas to a team of judges.

The challenge is open for students aged 11 to 16 to come up with ways to make life “better, simpler or easier" using technology.

Awards were handed out across a range of categories and among the winning inventions was an “e-water tap", developed by students from Park House School in Newbury.

The team has a patent pending and has already secured £50,000 investment from charity Africa Water Enterprises, which will see 100 taps installed in a number of African villages by January. The device allows the charity to monitor and fix broken taps to ensure a regular water supply is accessible.

Elsewhere, students from Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford won for their S.T.EYE – a condom with an in-built indicator that changes colour when it comes into contact with common STIs.

Team member Daanyaal explained: “We wanted to make something that made detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the often-scary procedures at the doctors."

And Emma, a student from Loreto Grammar School in Altrincham, won for her invention Photoglas, photo-sensitive epilepsy glasses that monitor surroundings to detect and prevent seizures.

Other winners included Money Manager, an app that compares spending habits and helps people budget wisely, Aidship, an airship to transport aid to areas of natural disasters, and Better Dinners, a way to pass on food waste to those who need it.

TeenTech's founder and CEO, Maggie Philbin, said: “By taking their ideas out of the classroom and putting them face-to-face with industry professionals, we've been able to change the way young people think about these subjects."

TeenTech offers one-day interactive events to schools nationwide to engage young people in STEM education and careers. Visit www.teentech.com


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