Three students have made it to the final of a national design competition for girls.
Caitlin Ault, 14, Anisha Mohan, 16, and Donia John, 17, have been shortlisted for the Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition For Girls.
Girls in secondary education from across the country were asked to solve the major challenges of the 21st century and be in with a chance of winning £500 for themselves and £500 for their school.
Caitlin came up with an idea for a water-powered boat that would create its own energy. This is the second year that Donia and Anisha have made the final and the winners will be announced later this month.
All finalists have also been invited to showcase their projects at The Big Bang Fair at Birmingham’s NEC on March 19th 2016.
Last year, Donia and Anisha were shortlisted for a website they designed to promote solar powered cars.
This year, they designed a refugees’ survival kit to include a power chip and bank, light up laces, footwear, shelter and a first aid kit.
Donia, of Derby, said they were extremely pleased to have made it to the final again.
She said: “We thought that refugees are people just like us and we talked about what they might need. We came up with an idea for a power chip which can be placed in their footwear to generate its own kinetic energy. They can then use the power bank to charge their phones if they have them.”
Michelle Smith, Design and Technology teacher at Saint Benedict CVA, in Duffield Road, Derby, said she was extremely proud of all three students.
She said: “They’ve all worked so hard on their projects and the standard of their projects is extremely high. We are very proud of them and wish them the best of luck in the final.”
Pictured left to right are Donia, Caitlin and Anisha.