Reece Innovation Awards Prizes to Young Engineers

5th June 2018

Reece Innovation was pleased to award prizes to four promising young engineers following a competition to design the Teenager’s Bedroom of the Future.

Jess Scott and Hannah Nicholson from Hexham were named as winners of the challenge, which took place at the first NWG Innovation Festival, organised by Northumbrian Water and sponsored by Reece Innovation.

As part of the festival, young people were invited to work with a range of STEM-related innovation experts, including +ADD Strategy, to design the room they anticipate will cater for the future teenagers.

Jess and Hannah′s winning room included virtual reality gaming and saw hard copy books and even tablet readers with augmented reality technology. Whilst sparsely decorated, the room also featured an entertainment chair, complete with built-in speakers.

After demonstrating exceptional potential, Jess, 16, has also received a prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarship, sponsored by Northumbrian Water Group.

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are aimed at the most talented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students in UK schools and help to ensure that high potential young people retain an interest in engineering careers.

She is now enjoying the two-year scholarship at Newcastle High School for Girls, where she is studying maths, further maths, physics and politics.

Jess, 16, said: “So much has come out of attending the NWG Innovation Festival. Not only have I, with Hannah, designed the winning entry in the Teenager′s Bedroom of the Future competition, but I′ve also now received this fantastic scholarship that will really help me progress towards a career in engineering.

“It′s my plan to apply for engineering degrees and I am really interested in renewable technology, so the support of Northumbrian Water will be really good for me. I′m looking forward to learning a lot that I might not otherwise have been able to, had it not been for attending the NWG Innovation Festival.”

In the online competition, winners Nora Stykket, from Norway, and Jonah Davies Jones, from Prudhoe High School, each won £250, again donated by Reece Innovation. They excelled in their entries′ creativity, effort, innovation and consideration of future real-world challenges.

Chris Pywell, Director at Reece Innovation, said: “The NWG Innovation Festival was an excellent way for people to come together and look at new ways to make positive things happen in the world. What can be more positive than supporting young people in furthering their knowledge and skills and embarking on an exciting path towards a rewarding career?”