Bexleyheath Academy pupils Jason Heer and Frankie Glanville were recently selected as finalists for a national manufacturing competition.
Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett nominated them as the constituency winners of the “We Made It!” competition, which encouraged young people to submit an idea for an item that they would like to see made.
Jason and Frankie, who are both 14 years old, designed a product called the “Zip Watch”, a watch that could be used in the same way as an Oyster card on the London transport network. The product would have different faces, straps and colours and be both shock and scratch resistant.
In their submission, Jason and Frankie made the following case for their product:
“We chose to make the Zip Watch because the Oyster card is flimsy, easy to break and easy to lose. So we thought people are more likely to wear watches then carry a plastic card around. We thought of making a watch because it is more useful because it tells the time and date whereas the card only has your name and picture. Also with a watch you will always be wearing the watch so there’s less chance of losing the Zip Watch.”
The design was one of 31 constituency winners assessed by a panel of manufacturing experts from Dods’ UK Manufacturing Dialogue, who include representatives of The Manufacturing Institute, Boeing, Finmeccanica, Lloyds Banking Group, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Renewable UK and the Confederation of Paper Industries.
They were put forward on a shortlist of six national finalists. Whilst they were not chosen as overall winners, judges were extremely impressed with their entry.
Mr Evennett said “Many congratulations to Frankie and Jason for their real achievement in reaching the final of this national competition. I was impressed by their innovative thinking and constructive solution to the problem they identified. I hope that this campaign has encouraged them and others to consider a worthwhile and challenging career in manufacturing.”
Frankie and Jason have been sent certificates signed by Mr Evennett via Bexleyheath Academy and invited to attend the award ceremony at the House of Commons on Tuesday 29th January in the Churchill Dining Room to receive a prize.