Each year the Engineering Education Scheme Wales involves around 600 Year 12 students in a six-month engineering project linked with a local company.
The award is in memory of the late Dr Tom Parry Jones (1935-2013) who was a trustee of the Engineering Education Scheme Wales 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 Student of the Year Award will be 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 previous 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 eight were interviewed.
The final three nominees were invited to the Welsh Automotive Forum Members’ Networking Dinner at the Vale Hotel, Hensol on 8th December and awards were presented by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates AM.
The winner, Bethan Wilkinson from Cardiff High School, worked with SolviQ on a project entitled “Frequency Alteration”. She will receive £800 towards his university fees for studying a STEM subject.
Bethan said “Thank you so much to EESW for all the opportunities you have given me and to my teacher, Mr Martlew for encouraging me to study engineering. Thank you to SolviQ for their support. I will use this award to further my education and career”
The runners up were Kyle Greenland from Heolddu Comprehensive, who worked with Continental Teves on a project entitled “Develop a Hydro based energy generation system that gives 24v DC even in power failure” and Alex Pilkington from Queen Elizabeth High School, who worked with Carmarthenshire County Council on a project entitled “Investigate methods of chlorine removal for pools”.
The judges also selected Chelsie Walters of Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth for a discretionary award.