同乐城官网 www.xyqp168.com Year 9 young entrepreneurs have been working in small teams to develop ingenious new product designs ahead of the annual TeenTech awards.
The TeenTech Awards are for UK students from ages 11-19 to look at problems, both large and small, to see if they can find a more innovative way of doing things. It encourages students to see how they might apply science and technology to everyday problems.
Year 9 JAGS girls have chosen to create innovations from categories such as health, education, environment, safety, future of food and wearable technology. They then had to brainstorm ideas, identify an opportunity or a problem, suggest a solution and then research the market. This includes competitor analysis and even drawing up potential costings for their product.
Yi and Annabel came up with the idea of ‘Octopus Sucker Tape’, based on the concave suction cups on the arms of octopus. This eco-friendly, reusable tape would be stronger that regular tape and can be used around the home for putting up decorations, posters etc. Yi and Annabel worked out that a 3m piece of octopus tape would be around £2, so also considerably cheaper than regular tape.
Mia, Abi and Ida wanted to minimise waste in the sanitary industry with a revolutionary new design for tampon packaging. Their new packaging includes combining the ‘box’ and the individual packaging together, and involves no plastic whatsoever. They decided to use Kraft paper as the main material because it is easily regrown, as well as being biodegradable.
Esme, Sia and Julia’s idea combines wearable technology with a genuine medical issue that the girls had become aware of. Their product, Medicine EP, revolutionises how EpiPens are thought of and used. Their product is two-fold; a fitness tracker worn on the wrist, paired through Bluetooth with a thigh band (worn underneath clothing) containing a pouch for adrenaline. In case of an allergic reaction, the individual would use their fingerprint on their wristband to activate the thigh-band, which would inject the necessary dose of adrenaline. Their product is reusable, and more reliable and discreet than a current EpiPen.
With so many exciting and innovative designs, it’s brilliant to see Year 9 engaging with STEM subjects whilst also thinking about wider environmental issues. We wish them the best of luck with their entries in the TeenTech awards.