Nov 12, 2018

Bright sparks show their STEM skills

The innovative minds of schoolchildren in West Midlands, U.K. were on full display during a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenge held by the the Midlands News Association.

Western Power Distribution staff mentored two of the 21 schools that were tasked with designing innovative solutions to enhance the lives of disadvantaged people.

Edith Kanyoka, Shrewsbury underground and plant team manager, and Andrew Pashley, planner, provided mentor support for Sir John Talbot’s School Whitchurch in Shropshire, which won best presentation for their Overlay Pen. The pen was designed with a built-in coloured screen to help people with learning difficulties read text easier.

WPD employees Neil Edwards mentored The Sandwell Academy in West Bromwich, which invented the Puzzle Cast, which helps people suffering anxiety after sustaining an injury.

The WPD mentors received STEM training to become STEM Ambassadors. As a STEM Ambassador they encourage young people to consider fields of study and careers in STEM.

“The challenge was good and it was interesting to see the kids’ different ideas,” said WPD employee Kanyoka. “Being a STEM Ambassador is a great way to make young people aware of career opportunities at WPD and I intend to continue working as an Ambassador.”

Sir John Talbot’s School with their winning idea, the Overlay Pen.
The Sandwell Academy with their innovative idea, the Puzzle Cast.