Each year, around 600 Year 12 students take part in the Engineering Education Scheme Wales’ Sixth Form Project. The students work in teams of up to eight on a six-month STEM project, set by a link company.
This award is in memory of the late Dr Tom Parry Jones (1935-2013) who was a trustee of EESW for 20 years. Tom was a great entrepreneur and innovator, who established Lion Laboratories in Cardiff in 1967 and played a major role in developing the roadside hand-held electronic breathalyser, which is used by police forces across the world. The Dr Tom Parry Jones EESW Student of the Year Award is supported by his widow, Mrs Raj W Jones.
Students from across Wales who took part in the EESW sixth form project last year were invited to submit an application form, detailing their experience with STEM subjects and how they might contribute to the future of the Welsh Economy. There were a large number of excellent applications and ten students were interviewed.
The ten finalists were invited to the Welsh Automotive Forum Members’ Networking Dinner at the Vale Hotel, Hensol on 30th November. Their places at the dinner were kindly sponsored by Dr Raj Jones, BPU Accountants and Lloyds Bank. The winners were announced by Robert Cater, CEO of EESW and the awards were presented by the First Minister of Wales, the Rt Hon. Carwyn Jones AM.
The winning student, Loren Molyneux from Ysgol Friars, worked with the Photonics Academy of Wales at Bangor University on a project entitled “A Photonics Concept Activated Self-Levelling Platform”. She will receive £800 towards her fees for studying a STEM subject.
The runners up were William Hughes from Gower College Swansea, who worked with Power & Water on a project entitled “Zero emission mobility enhancement systems” and Kieran Dalton from Ysgol Friars, who worked with Loren on their project with the Photonics Academy of Wales at Bangor University. Each runner up will receive £400 towards their fees for studying a STEM subject.
The judges also selected Oliver Barbaresi of Ysgol Friars for a discretionary award.