The Academy hosted the 2012 Bosch Technology Horizons Awards on 17 July. A total of 14 finalists were recognised in this annual competition that encourages students to consider a career in engineering.

Each participant was tasked with submitting an imaginative response to an engineering related essay question concerning environmental technology and the impact of engineering on the 2012 Olympics.

First prize in the 14 to 18 age group went to Abraham Emdon from Torquay Boys Grammar School who won £700, whilst Cole Soutter from Warwick University took home £1,000 as winner of the 19 to 24 age group.

Abraham chose to address the effect of human activities on the planet whilst exploring how our behaviour towards the environment is changing. In comparison, Cole discussed the potential legacy of the Olympic games and the various initiatives that have been put in place to ensure it has a lasting and positive impact on the UK.

Peter Fouquet, President of Bosch in the UK, commented: “Congratulations to both Abraham and Cole on their winning essays which were chosen due to their creativity and ingenuity when tackling some difficult, yet very relevant questions.

“The judges faced a very tough task this year with each entry demonstrating the fantastic talent that can be found amongst students in this country. The engineering and manufacturing sector needs to act now to further develop the next generation of skills. The Bosch Technology Horizons Award is our answer – we hope that highlighting the achievements of Cole and Abraham will communicate this need to attract talent to the industry, whilst showing that engineering offers a rewarding career path.”

The presentation day at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London not only recognised the winners of the Bosch Technology Horizons Award but featured a number of discussions around the importance of the engineering industry, led by science communication consultant Huw James. A number of Bosch innovations were also demonstrated and discussed throughout the event whilst videos created by students of The Misbourne School in Great Missenden were shown. Each two minute video was filmed earlier in the year at a workshop held by Bosch. The pupils were tasked with choosing their favourite piece of innovative technology and discussing how they thought it will evolve in the future. The winning team took home a certificate and prize in recognition of their hard work.

Two runner-up entries were also recognised with Max Lowther from Bishop Luffa School in Chichester named in the 14 to 18 age group, along with Nicola Guttridge from Imperial College London in the 19 to 24 age category.

The other finalists from the Bosch Technology Horizons Award 2012 in the 14 to 18 year old category were:

  • Lucy Cunningham, St Dominic’s Priory School, Stone, Staffordshire
  • Max Lowther, Bishop Luffa School, Chichester, West Sussex
  • Alice Craft and Hannah Fisher, Aylesbury High School, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
  • Bethany Warren, The Misbourne, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire
  • Rachel Selwood, Stanborough School, Watford, Hertfordshire

In the 19 to 24 year old category:

  • Nicola Guttridge, Imperial College London
  • Kate Walsh, University of Plymouth
  • Rory Collinge, Imperial College London
  • Ben Collop, University of Bristol
  • Anne-Marie Ratcliffe, University of Bath
  • Lincoln Smith, Birmingham University

Further information about the Bosch Technology Horizons Award can be found at:
www.bosch.co.uk/technologyhorizons

For more information please contact

Sabrina Mayeen
Bosch Group Press & Communications
phone: 01895 838813