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 seven were interviewed.
The final three nominees were invited to the Welsh Automotive Forum Members’ Networking Dinner at the Vale Hotel, Hensol on 4th December and awards were presented by the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart AM.
The winner, Angus Coyne-Grell from Ysgol Friars, worked with the Photonics Academy at Bangor University on a project entitled “Laser operated Photonics Breath Peak Flow Rate Meter”. He will receive £800 towards his university fees for studying a STEM Subject.
Angus said “This is amazing, thank you so much to EESW and Mrs Jones for selecting me as the Dr Tom Parry Jones EESW Student of the Year 2014. I would also like to thank my teacher, Huw Smith and our engineer contact at the University, Ray Davies for the support they have given throughout the project. Finally, I would like to thank EESW for giving myself and my team mates the opportunity to undertake this project, the work they do raising the profile of engineering at secondary school level is fantastic and if you are not already working with EESW, please do so.”
The runners up were Ruth Harvey from Gower College Swansea who worked with Tidal Lagoon on a project entitled “Find Alternative Ways of Generating Sustainable Electricity using Macro Algae” and Callum Jones from Ysgol Friars, who also worked on the project “Laser operated Photonics Breath Peak Flow Rate Meter” with the Photonics Academy at Bangor University.