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Monday, 05 July 2010
Year 13 pupil Robert Bolton is the North West Young Engineer of
the Year in his age group!
Robert entered his A-level Technology project the 'Progressive
Brake Light' into the Young Engineer for Britain 2010 competition
at the Big Bang Fair in Liverpool, and returned from the regional
final with not one but two trophies! He received one for winning
the overall regional event in his age category (16-19) and also
walked away with the best product prize.
The 'Progressive Brake Light' is a high level car brake light
that senses the deceleration of the car and lights up progressively
more intensively the harder the driver brakes.
A delighted Robert said: "Whilst I had high expectations for my
project I really did not think I would be the North-West Young
Engineer of the Year! I received some outstanding help from
the Technology Department who helped me raise the standard of the
invention. I was on my way to the Leeds Festival last year
with my mum when we had a bump in the car and that's what gave me
the idea. The problem with brake lights at the moment is that
they are either on or off and there is no in between. My
invention is a safety device, allowing the brakes to come
on gradually and to thus give the driver more time to
react. I had been planning on studying Construction
Engineering Management at Loughborough University but after winning
this award I am thinking of possibly changing to Product
Robert was also rewarded with £400 prize money, and has the
chance to become Young Engineer for Britain when he attends the
national final in London next March.
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