ITS (UK)’s International Director Richard Harris, who is also Director Europe of the driverless car company Ohmio, has been working with a group of students at Sutton Grammar School (SGS) as part of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) #ICanEngineer Competition 2018. The competition is open to students between the ages of 12 and 15. For 2018 they were required to design a new transport system across a specific area of London.
In recognition of the fact that this year is the 200th Anniversary of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the awards day was in the Palace of Westminster, presentations being made by the outgoing president of the ICE – Professor Lord Mayer.
SGS had entries from three teams. All three won an award. The cherry on the top was that out of 30 schools competing in the region, one of the SGS teams came away as the overall winners.
The school’s entry essentially addressed the last part of the daily commute to work – from the railway terminus to the office. It included reference to the economies to be achieved by using a phone App to aggregate the data of the required journeys from the railway station to the places of work in battery powered drone-like 10 seater pods – the batteries of course being charged using renewable energy and the Drones flying full.
A letter of thanks, from the School’s Civil Engineering Mentor, stated, “Your influence was not just about the chosen solution to their challenge, but the involvement with them by a genuine global thought leader in Intelligent Transport Systems. This all had its impact on the students. Your involvement was much appreciated, by them, the staff and myself. On behalf of us all, thank you for your time and enthusiasm.”