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Two reception children at St Paul’s CE Primary School win Engineering Competition


Two reception children from St Paul’s CE Primary School won the Primary Engineer Leaders Award 2018.

One reception child designed a robot for picking up clothes from the floor.  The other child designed a robot, which cleans its hands and cleans the table.

In February this year, an engineer at Atkins Global, visited the two reception classes and Year 4 at St Paul’s to tell them what an engineer does.  The children then had to think of a problem and design a solution to their problem as if they were real engineers.

In June, St Paul’s received the exciting news that we had not one, but two winners:

Two reception children at St Paul’s were the reception category winners and their designs, together with 19 other winning designs, were shortlisted from over 37,000 entries from across the UK!


Two children in Year 4 at St Paul’s Primary were also awarded distinction for their designs: One Year 4 child designed a heated water umbrella and the other Year 4 child designed ‘Trolly Up’, which helps you reach items high up on supermarket shelves.

All four of the children’s designs were exhibited at Kingston University. 

The two reception children’s families watched the two reception children receive their awards at the presentation ceremony on 5th July.  The whole of Year 4 visited the exhibition the following day. 


The awards ceremony was very exciting and felt very prestigious. During the presentation ceremony, Dr Susan Scurlock, Founder and Chief Executive of Primary Engineer®, said that she had come up with the idea for the competition after her daughter commented that being an engineer wasn’t inspiring.  Dr Scurlock began thinking about how to inspire children to think about a career in engineering, which is such a big world.  During the competition, Dr Scurlock said that the engineers found that the children had actually inspired them and that the children’s motivation behind their designs was always altruistic.

Dr Jones, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing at Kingston University, said that this was the first year that Kingston University has been involved with the competition.  A team of engineering students at Kingston University took two winning designs from last year and turned them into reality. The designs were the ‘Truggy’ and the ‘Electricity Trampoline.’  Dr Jones said that she was confident that the future of engineering is in safe hands.

The last speaker was the Materials Engineer, Professor Mark Miodownik.  Professor Miodownik spoke about the world plastic crisis – a dumper truck of plastic waste is going into the sea every minute.  We need engineers of the future to come up with ideas to solve this crisis.  Some of the children suggested solutions, including a boat fuelled by plastic.  Professor Mark recommended that the children keep a notebook of brilliant ideas.

After the exhibition, the two reception children were able to view their entries and also to have a go on the electricity trampoline, which generates electricity from the kinetic energy, which is created from bouncing.

Watch this space as Kingston University are going to choose one or maybe two from the 21 winning designs and create prototypes.  The reception children’s robots could be turned into reality!

Please watch this space by clicking here to read about the Primary Engineer Leaders Award.

Two reception children at St Paul’s CE Primary School win Engineering Competition
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