SGHS Student One of 5 International Winners at ExpoSciencas 2016 in Mexico
Rachel Brown, a Year 13 student at Skipton Girls’ High school and Arkwright Scholar, recently attended a prestigious ExpoSciencias event in Villahermosa, Mexico where she competed against other students from around the world with her project Move a Volt.
Rachel’s project, Move a Volt was designed to explore electromagnetic-induction and how it is possible to convert kinetic to electrical energy from people’s movements. This would give third and first world people the opportunity to have access to free, eco-friendly power, which encourages them to keep fit. From this concept Rachel has invented a device which would be placed inside someone’s bag or rucksack and would charge a mobile phone. The device is powered by small magnets going through copper coil and producing an electromagnetic induction in the wire resulting in an AC current. This is then connected up to a battery which gives the device regulation; a charging circuit is then attached to this which powers a USB port.
The Latin American ExpoCiencias is a selective event of Mexican state and International scope recognized by the international movement for recess Scientific and Technical (MILSET) and is carried out for the purpose of promoting the participation of children and young people through Scientific and technical projects, research and innovation. The program is formed by various activities such as cultural, scientific visits and recreation, exhibition projects, workshops, animation, conferences and festivals.
Rachel and Mrs Evans at the ExpoSciencias event
The projects were qualified with regard to their quality and relevance by an evaluation Committee, and Rachel won one of five international accreditations to be part of delegations participating in youth scientific events in 2017 - the International ExpoCiencias which will be held in Fortaleza, Brazil. Rachel is now hoping to raise enough funding to allow her to take this once in a lifetime trip.
An Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship of its type in the UK to inspire and nurture school-age students to be the country’s future leaders of the Engineering Profession.