Ysgol Maesydderwen tackling bike crime with help of UWTSD


A team from Ysgol Maesydderwen have been awarded the Most Innovative or Adapted Design at the South Wales Big Bang Fair for the project that they developed in collaboration with University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

EESW project

The project brief was set by Dr Kapilan Radhakrishnan, Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Architecture, Computing, and Engineering’s School of Applied Computing. The aim of the project was to design and develop a device to track lost or stolen bikes. The device will use sensors to gather information on location and send it to a mobile device or email. The project was developed in collaboration with the Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) between September and April.

Dr Radhakrishnan said: “The group came up with an innovative idea to address the issue and the project facilitated pupils to be creative, innovative and develop important transferable skills that will help them in future career progression.”

Pam Berry, the West Wales Co-Ordinator for EESW, said: "This year's competition has been very interesting indeed. We've had several successful projects in West Wales, and UWTSD were supporting two of the winning projects. Both completely different projects that were very successful."

Joanna Lane is a Science Teacher at Ysgol Maesydderwen who has been working alongside the pupils in their project. She said: “Projects like these are very important, it helps them find a new set of skills, and it is important for their UCAS forms. Within the team, everybody has a role to play, so it’s good experience from that perspective and it is motivation for them when they win. They really enjoyed the South Wales Big Bang Fair and I think they would encourage others to take part as well.”

Crystyn Dickson is one of the students involved in the projct. She said: “I’ve really enjoyed developing problem-solving skills throughout this project, coming up with certain ideas, finding the pitfalls and then fixing those pitfalls. I think that working together and drawing on everyone’s strengths – we’ve got people from product design, biology, chemistry, physics all working together – means that we can highlight each other’s skills whilst also finding out what it is that we’re good at.”

Dan Evans, another student involved in the project, said: “I’d say that overall it’s been a good experience, it gives you realistic look at how projects work. If you were designing a project, you’d face lots of challenges along the way. This hasn’t been a breeze for us, we’ve faced many challenges as we’ve developed the project but at the end of it, we won the award and we overcame all of those problems.”

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