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Uni Week 2014: Finalists and celebrity host all set for Young Innovator Award

Posted 13 June 2014

“Their big ideas were many and varied – some bold, some brilliant and some even a little bit bonkers!” said engineering lecturer Greg Rowsell, one of the award judges."

Harper Adams University will host a gathering of teenage minds bursting with big ideas on June 30th, when the creators of more than 50 short-listed robot designs unite for the final of the Harper Adams Young Innovator of the Year Awards 2014. 

Hosted by Jason Bradbury, inventor and presenter of TV’s The Gadget Show, the Young Innovator Awards will celebrate the wealth of emerging design talent in the UK today. 

Harper Adams University received more than 1,000 entries for the competition, which invited 11 to 19-year-olds to submit proposals for robots that might solve problems society faces now and in the future. 

“Their big ideas were many and varied – some bold, some brilliant and some even a little bit bonkers!” said engineering lecturer Greg Rowsell, one of the award judges. 

“We have now written to the young people behind the short-listed entries, via their schools where relevant, and look forward to welcoming as many of them as possible to the campus later this month, to hear an inspirational talk from Jason Bradbury and learn who has won the top prizes.”

There are prizes for the best boys and girls in two age categories, under 16s and 16 to 19s. A further prize will go to the best team and the best of the winners will be named Young Innovator of the Year 2014. 

A cash prize will also be awarded to the school that submitted the highest quality of entries. The finalists in this category are: Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College, Bedworth, Warwickshire; Blackwood Comprehensive, Gwent; Uppingham Community College, Rutland; Kings Priory School, Tynemouth and St Wilfrids Church Of England Academy, Blackburn, Lancashire. 

Awards host Jason Bradbury is a television presenter, inventor, children’s author and record-breaker. He holds six world records including the world's fastest jet-powered luge on which he reached 118mph, the world's fastest water-powered car and the world's longest jump with an RC car. 

With a passion for gadgets and science, his own inventions have become legendary with viewers of The Gadget Show, including the in-car heads-up display, mind-controlled computer interface and the world's first working jet-powered hoverboard. 

Harper Adams looks forward to welcoming Jason and the Young Innovator Awards finalists to the campus on June 30th. 

 

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