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Jennifer Leggett: QEPrize Create the Trophy Winner 2013

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Any secondary school student who thinks they are creative, who has an interest in maths and who wants to help find solutions to real world problems should think about a career in engineering. As a girl studying civil and structural engineering at the University of Sheffield, I often get asked the question: “Why did you choose engineering?”

The simple answer is that I was creative, I had an interest in maths, and I wanted to help find solutions to real world problems. I was lucky enough to find out that as a result of these qualities and traits, engineering would be a perfect career path for me.

Redefining fashion with interactive textiles

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The hard engineering of the past is now in competition with an engineering that is soft, sensitive and emotive. In the last five years, this has led to a revolution in technology-fashion experimentation.

Beyond wearable fitness and tracking devices, designers such as Anouk Wipprecht, Cute Circuit, Melissa Coleman and Ying Gao are re-framing technology through a creative eye. Traditional design-engineering often approaches design to ‘solve a problem’. In fashion and textiles, the process is different and artistic expression leads to unforeseen outcomes. Modern engineers working in this area have started to adopt more experimental approaches. They use materials and inks and pigments in an imperfect combination, experimenting and transforming their creations.  The result evokes qualities and senses which cannot be measured, such as imagination, feelings and aesthetics.

Creativity is an art

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“Fashion designer?! But I thought you were a civil engineer?”

There is normally surprise when I tell people what my other profession is. Dresses and catwalks can seem a world away from cleaning half a million tonnes of contaminated soil in the Olympic park or digging new tunnels for London Underground, but the truth is they are all things that society wants and needs. So what does being creative actually mean?

Mission: Fight Malaria Challenge 2016

GSK’s Mission: Fight Malaria Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for students age 11-14 to work on a real-world global health issue and develop ideas and innovative solutions that could help to eradicate this disease. With cross-curricular links to design and technology, computing, art and design, citizenship and mathematics, the Challenge has something to suit all 11-14-year-olds. Plus, with fantastic prizes including an exclusive trip to GSK’s cutting-edge research facilities and £1500 worth of science museum vouchers, there are plenty of reasons to take part! The deadline for entering is 20th October – don’t miss out! Visit www.gskscienceeducation.com/challenges/ to find out more.

Engineers help British Paralympian make a splash in Rio

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Swimmer Andrew Mullen last week put his bespoke, student-designed sports tech to the test, taking home Silver for Team GB in the men’s Paralympic 50m backstroke, S5 and Bronze in both the 100m and 200m men’s freestyle, S5.

The double world silver medallist racked up the medals in the pool in Rio, swimming in five events at this year’s Paralympics.  Working with students from London’s Imperial College, Mullen has tested a series of innovative devices to help both in and out of the pool.

Bare Conductive light up Raspberry Pi projects with the Pi Cap

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Bare Conductive has welcomed to the world the newest addition to their electrically conductive family. The Pi Cap, a Raspberry Pi add-on, brings innovative sensor technology to the Raspberry Pi community.

The London-based start-up burst onto the market in 2011 with their conductive Electric Paint.  The family grew when they added the Touch Board, a powerful circuit board that uses an Arduino computer to turn everyday objects into sensors.

Georgia Boulter: Using creativity to make the impossible possible

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From a young age I’ve always been creative, making presents and selling products at local shops. I knew design was an area I wanted to have a career in, and after leaving school I saw my interest progress from graphic to product design. This led me to study Industrial Design and Technology at Loughborough University.

We learn everything from how to sketch to make sure our designs can be understood, to designing complex features such as undercuts in injection moulding. The variety and depth is brilliant! The course allows not only for creativity in designs, but also encourages designers to think about functionality in their final product. We learn about different manufacturing techniques and the importance of thinking designs through to the end.

Instagram giveaway: Science and the City!

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We have three copies of the fantastic book Science and the City by Laurie Winkless to give away! This book explores the science and engineering behind complex cities across six continents, going behind the scenes to reveal the mechanics behind the metropolis. To be in with the chance of winning, please head over to instagram.com/qeprize, where you can follow us and like the photo. Winners will be picked on Friday 16th September. Good luck!