18 September 2016
Very well done to seven girls from James Allen’s Preparatory School who were winners of the London Special Leaders Award, recognising the engineering innovation of school children across London. The award ceremony was held on 15th July at University College London, where the girls were presented with their trophies by a panel of engineering luminaries. Accompanying the award ceremony was a public exhibition showcasing some of the many unique and innovative ideas submitted by primary aged children from across the capital. Out of 1500 entries, 27 of our girls were shortlisted, who along with the winners, had their designs displayed in the public exhibition at UCL.
“The 15th of July was a very proud day for me. It was the day I was chosen to go to the London Special Leaders Award ceremony at University College London. There were eight winners in total, seven of us were from JAPS. My ideas was to make phone chargers and put them in disused telephone boxes so if your phone runs out of battery you can charge it. When we arrived we were greeted by Miss Stack, Mrs Fox and some important members of the engineering community. They gave some interesting speeches. I particularly liked the idea about using road cream to fix the cracks in roads. We were then each invited to come up and say a few words about our design as well as collect our awards. We received a trophy and a certificate. I was quite nervous. After the ceremony we walked around a small gallery where all the winning ideas as well as those short listed were displayed. I thought all of the ideas were fantastic. I had an amazing day and realised how useful and important engineering is.” Ayana Y6