Bexleyheath Academy pupils Jason Heer and Frankie Glanville attended a House of Commons awards ceremony this afternoon (29 January) following their success in the We Made It! 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. They were selected to be put forward on a shortlist of six national finalists. Whilst they were not chosen as overall winners, judges were extremely impressed with their entry.
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 than 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.”
Mr Evennett said “Frankie and Jason must be congratulated for their innovative product which addresses an everyday issue. For them to have reached the national final is a real achievement that they should both be proud of and I hope that the campaign will encourage them and others to consider a future career in the manufacturing sector.”
Mr Evennett is pictured presenting their certificates. Pictured (left to right): Rakib Miah, Technology Teacher, Frankie Glanville, Jason Heer, David Evennett MP.