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What K-Jo did with her prize money…

K-Jo was voted the winner of Space Zone in November 2018. Here she writes about using her £500 prize money to help a charity that supports Palestinian students in Israel, and developing a workshop to inspire them to take an interest in engineering.

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As I wanted to do something slightly different to the usual thing of travelling around schools, I have searched around for charities that support education. After months of asking around, I finally came upon this wonderful charity called Galilee Foundation. They support education, development and equality within the Palestinian minority in Israel.

I contacted the Galilee Foundation’s Communications & Fundraising Manager, Maha. She has been doing a remarkable job supporting me with starting up my idea. I have put together a few workshops around engineering within the space sector and the opportunities available in engineering. The workshops started in May and ran through till the start of June before the students’ exams. The students are all so fascinated and interested in what I am teaching and are so motivated to learn. It’s wonderful to help students who really want to learn more about what’s in (and out of) our world, and are taking the workshops on with determination to learn.

I have to say a big thank you to Maha and the students in Israel, who are trusting me and supporting me by participating in the workshops. We are all working together with feedback from the students to make the workshops enjoyable for them as it is something for them to enjoy, not to stress over like an exam. All seems well so far and I hope to continue these workshops over the next couple of months and maybe the next few years with the support of Nael (my step-father) who helps translate for me and Maha who communicates my workshops to students in Israel and supports me with future ideas!

I was originally going to spend the money on resources for workshops as I was going to travel to schools and charities in England with different items for each workshop. However, as I kept searching for a charity, I came across the Galilee Foundation which we now do the workshops with over Skype, so don’t need resources. As a big thank you, I will be giving the prize money to the Galilee Foundation to help support present and future students through their education and to fund for more opportunities and workshops like mine.



Posted on August 7, 2019 in News, UKSAWinner, Winner Reports | Comments Off on What K-Jo did with her prize money…

What Demi Ademuyewo did with her prize money…

Demi was voted the winner of Millimetre Zone in March 2018. Here she writes about how her £500 prize money helped engage young people from underrepresented backgrounds in engineering, as well as offering interview training and CV feedback.

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I donated the total amount of prize money to the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK) to raise more awareness of their Making Engineering Hot (MEH) Programme. As an active member of AFBE-UK, I wanted this programme to be very successful. The programme aims at raising the aspirations of young people from underrepresented and less advantaged backgrounds, helping them to consider STEM opportunities within their communities and the wider world.

With its afterschool and weekend sessions comprising of innovative visual learning, numeracy and employability projects, the Making Engineering Hot (MEH) programme introduced and engaged school children to the world of engineering over a nine-month period. It was led by project coordinators (all engineers) and volunteers. also raised awareness of the programme via social media channels and recruited more engineers to act as volunteers on the project.

With the prize money we were able to buy LEGO robots which the students were taught how to build and programme, and employ an engineering student part time to assist with the administration and logistics. We also provided training and DBS checks for all MEH volunteers and support staff ensuring the children were in a safe environment always.

We were also able to give interview training and constructive feedback on their CVs. Two students were offered paid work placements at a major engineering organisation through this programme

My I’m an Engineer experience helped me become a bigger ambassador for AFBE-UK and in turn MEH, this helped publicise the project and recruit more volunteers than we would have initially have expected. Also being able to communicate on a level the school children could relate to was definitely a skill I improved upon from my I’m an Engineer experience.

Posted on April 17, 2019 in RAEngWinner, Winner Reports | Comments Off on What Demi Ademuyewo did with her prize money…

What Alex Lyness did with his prize money…

Alex was voted the winner of Health Zone in 2014. Here he reports back on using his £500 prize money to reach his target of visiting ten schools and talk about his engineering career.

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I really enjoyed talking part in I’m an Engineer and liked interacting with students, sharing my journey I became a bioengineer, and dispelling myths about how clever you need to be to be an engineer.

As soon as I finished, I was inspired to get out from behind the keyboard and go give a series of talks in person at different schools in the UK. To do this I first became a STEM Ambassador which enabled me to talk at secondary schools.

I bought a two-year subscription to a very good presentation software called Prezi and built an interactive talk up about my journey entitled ‘From Legos to Stem Cells’. I then went out around the country and gave 10 talks at different schools, speaking to 250+ pupils in total. One of which was my old school, who wrote about my visit here.

I have since moved to the US and part of my role sees me visit research institutions and frequently present to classes of undergraduate engineers and scientists and discuss with them the benefits of postgraduate study and careers in biomedical engineering.

Posted on January 3, 2019 in Winner Reports, WTWinner | Comments Off on What Alex Lyness did with his prize money…

What Stacey Marple did with her prize money

Stacey was voted the winner of the Smart Materials Zone in June 2017. Here she writes about using the £500 prize money to

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I knew I wanted to spend the prize winnings on encouraging students to study and work in STEM fields through engagement, inspiration and developing their STEM skills.  Tall order with £500! So I teamed up with Tech for Life Newcastle to organise an event which would include practical workshops and a panel session.  Most importantly it needed to be led by people working in STEM. I believe it’s really important for the students and parents to meet and talk to real life scientists and engineers. So we set about organising the event, approaching our joint networks to get support and resources.

We decided the event should be held on Ada Lovelace day, 10 Oct 2017. Ada Lovelace was a gifted mathematician who is now widely recognised as the first computer programmer. She was our inspiration for the event and as the first computer programmer and a woman, we decided to develop coding skills of young girls.

We invited girls from local primary schools to come along to Campus North, where we hosted the event. We were very honoured that Kate Russell, tech journalist, gave the video intro and then we introduced the students to programming concepts using Scratch and an Ada sprite, the challenge was to generate a poem using random words.  You can have a go here:  Then we showed the students how to build and code a digital watch using a BBC Microbit.

The students had great fun and it was amazing how involved they got with the challenges. The students got to keep the BBC microbits for future projects. Importantly they had the chance to work with and ask questions of people working in STEM.  The funding also allowed me to buy additional BBC microbits which are being used to run workshops at school STEM outreach events.

To further cover engagement and inspiration, in the evening we hosted a panel session sponsored by Hedgehog Lab with 4 fabulous leading ladies telling an audience of over 60 people about the challenges, rewards and excitement of working in STEM.  A wonderful inspirational evening was had by all.

Since taking part in I’m an Engineer and running the Ada Lovelace event, I have been involved in Tech for Life Leading Ladies programme, I have been mentoring Women in Engineering I wrote an article for The Engineer magazine, and attending outreach events around Newcastle. Taking part in I’m an Engineer has given me confidence to take part in outreach programmes. I have been awarded a place in the Top 50 Women in Engineering for 2018 recognising influential women in engineering.

I would like to thank I’m an Engineer, Tech for Life, Campus North, the schools which attended Ada Lovelace Day, Accenture, Hedgehog Lab, Kate Russell, Women’s Engineering Society and the volunteers for their support and helping to inspire the next generation.

Posted on September 27, 2018 in RAEngWinner, Winner Reports | Comments Off on What Stacey Marple did with her prize money

What Emma Ryan did with her prize money

Emma was voted the winner of the Ampere Zone in March 2017. Here she writes about using the £500 prize money to run materials workshops in schools, involving Lego!

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The prize money has allowed me to develop a Materials Workshop for local schools in the area. The workshop is now part of the outreach activities at Lockheed Martin UK and the outreach team will continue to use it. I hope that we can help more students realise that scientists and engineers are normal people.

I bought all the Lego with the prize money from I’m an Engineer! Well, that and a few other things. Here is me posing with some of the resources for the Materials Workshop I developed for local schools in the area. The workshop consists of three sections: learning about materials and carrying out materials testing, the Egg Challenge and learning about additive manufacturing and using a 3D printer.

Students learn about different material properties through a presentation and test the properties of different materials, such as hardness, strength and magnetism. For the Egg Challenge, students have to work in teams to create a structure to protect an egg being dropped from a second story window. They have to work to a budget, buy supplies from a shop and quality check them, and create a poster to explain their design.

The purpose is to learn important skills that engineers used such as communication and problem solving. The students also have to make additive manufacturing Top Trumps cards with information that they have found through research, asking questions and using the 3D printer and Lego to mimic a 3D printer. I was hoping to get the Top Trumps card produced into a pack for each class but I, as I think most people are, was a little too ambitious with the prize money!

My colleagues from my sponsor company, Lockheed Martin UK, and I have been to four schools so far to give the workshop. The feedback has been fantastic – from both students and teachers. I received 30 lovely letters from a Year 6 class following a workshop. Apparently, we managed to teach them that scientists are normal people too!

One teacher thanked us for “devoting your time, enthusiasm and hard work to make our Materials STEM day such a fantastic experience for both the children and staff. The children learnt a great deal and many of them have already begun carrying out their own further research into materials in order to find out more!”

Lockheed Martin UK have been very supportive too as the company is a big advocate of outreach and has kindly supported me by matching my funds to purchase the 3D printer below to take into schools.

Posted on August 8, 2018 in RAEngWinner, Winner Reports | Comments Off on What Emma Ryan did with her prize money

What Ana Gallego did with her prize money

Ana was voted the winner of the Artificial Body Zone in March 2017. Here she writes about using her £500 prize money to create a website about the commonalities between engineering and baking.

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The money has been spent in the majority to develop a website ( to upload content related to baking and engineering. My background is materials engineering, and I have always found a big connection between the properties of materials and the foods one can bake at home.

I thought that by having a website, I would be able to reach a lot more students and it would be used as a reference tool to use with students and potentially even use them as little workshops or experiments in the future. I purchased a tripod, some reflectors and a mini photo studio to take professional photos for each post. The physical items were around £60 in total, the rest was to cover the website costs (domain name and hosting via Squarespace for two years).

The website and The Engineer Magazine Collaborate to Innovate Awards I attended with the I’m an Engineer team last year also helped me to build a great relationship with Merton Park Primary School, as the fabulous teachers that attended were the absolute best teachers I have met.

We organised two sessions with two groups, where I talked about my job and my career and a lot about materials and baking. Nicola and Debs have even posted a link to my mango leather on their STEM school website.

In terms of personal experience, I’m an Engineer helped me develop my communication skills. It is important to think about how to engage young students and make them understand what job you do and why do you enjoy doing it, and to be able to find an exciting explanation that anyone can understand is definitely challenging, as we are normally surrounded by very technical people.

When it comes to how to improve my STEM outreach, IAE also opened my eyes to get a better perspective of what students of different ages are interested in, their fears and their challenges. I am now much more capable of engaging with students of different ages, and able to tailor my delivery better.

I was very glad to see how simple technologies such as a chat or a forum, allow students to ask ANY question that crosses their mind without feeling scared to ask them: At what time do you wake up? What do you hate most about your job? These are important questions (that even adults should ask themselves but we are too afraid to ask them) and they give students realistic information about how much they will enjoy their chosen jobs in the future.

Posted on July 25, 2018 in Winner Reports, WTWinner | Comments Off on What Ana Gallego did with her prize money

What Stuart Inglis did with his prize money…

Stuart was voted the winner of Robotics Zone in March 2016. Here he reports on how he used his £500 prize to make his own STEM outreach project happen.

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After a rather slow start my miniROV kits have had their first shakedown run at the hands of the next generation of budding engineers! I used the winnings from the Robotics zone of I’m an Engineer 2016 to buy components for building underwater robots or Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). The kits were based on an existing design from Robert Gordon’s University (RGU) which was adapted to make them reusable, so that the money went further and could be used with more pupils.

The finished miniROV

Once all the individual components were bought it was time to dust off the old soldering iron and make up the remote controller circuit board. This was a shock to the system for a mechanical engineer, so I enlisted the help of my electrically inclined dad! Between us we managed to get everything assembled in time for a visit to my old primary school, Ashley Road in Aberdeen, who were running an engineering week at the start of November.

Pupils get stuck in to the build

I spent a day in school, running a miniROV workshop for four P6 and P7 classes. We discussed why we used robots in various scenarios before the pupils split into teams to build their own ROVs. K’NEX was used for the frame then the motors were installed and wired in to the remote controller. Two film canister buoyancy tanks were added to the top of the ROV before it was ready for a trial run in the tank. Everyone got a shot at being an ROV pilot and we discussed the forces acting on the ROV such as weight, buoyancy, thrust and drag.

Test tank time for the budding ROV pilots!

A great time was had by all, including the pupils, teachers and myself. It was fantastic to see the pupils get so involved in the task, and great to see how their minds work with some fantastic questions. I’m already looking in to other opportunities to use the kits with other groups through the STEM ambassador network, and a colleague has asked if he could borrow them to use at his children’s school so the kits will keep on giving!

The pupils show off their miniROVs

A big thank you to Ashley Road for having me back and my company i-Tech Services for releasing me for the day. Thanks must also go to Graeme Dunbar at RGU for the use of his kit design, my dad for lending a steady hand soldering and I’m an Engineer for making it all possible!

The miniROV kits in numbers:

  • 15 kits produced (with spares)
  • 68 manhours designing and building the kits (ish)
  • 720 joints soldered
  • 2 circuits board knackered by dodgy soldering
  • 1 day in at school (so far)
  • 106 pupils now trainee ROV engineers
Posted on November 22, 2017 in RAEngWinner, Winner Reports | Comments Off on What Stuart Inglis did with his prize money…

What Michael Sulu did with his prize money

Mike was voted the winner of Production Zone in November 2015. Here he reports back on the outreach activities he was able to do thanks to his £500 prize money.

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I had grand plans for the prize money, I think everyone does! But I wasn’t expecting the year to pan out how it did! My first thought was to create a low-cost bioreactor to use as a tool to explain biochemical engineering, but it turns out that ‘low cost’ is a relative term and £500 wouldn’t stretch far enough to allow me to make more than 1! And to make more schools would need some specialist equipment, such as a 3D printer. So I moved the goal posts.

Materials I developed for my Golem workshop

Next idea, was to take part in a festival with a known schools outreach program and as such I partnered with Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr and the Shuffle Festival to create a workshop on cell growth interwoven with the story of a Golem, which is an anthropomorphic shape that is animated to life (think Frankenstein’s monster made from clay) from folklore. Unfortunately two things happened:

  1. I spent all of the budget and more on materials for the workshop
  2. The workshop got cancelled because the festival lost a lot of extra funding and had to shorten its programme.

We did stil engage with the general public at the festival (see the video above) and got some people from local schools to help with its creation but it was not as far reaching as I had hoped.

I was not disheartened! I was able to use the money (with help from my university, UCL) for another engineering festival, SMASHfestUK! I designed and built elements for a ‘survival village’ that happened in South East London this February.

Me helping out at SMASHfestUK | Image: Wyn Griffiths

I’m now keen to go back to my first idea of the bioreactor, and I’m also working with some PhD students in my department to make an educational tool for schools, which revolves around a board game to explain vaccine research, development and manufacturing.

Posted on August 2, 2017 in IETWinner, Winner Reports | Comments Off on What Michael Sulu did with his prize money

What Mohamed Salaheldin did with his prize money…

Mohamed won the Communications Zone in 2015. He donated his prize money to Code Club, read on for how the organisation used the £500.

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“At Code Club, we think all children should have the opportunity to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from. To do this, we support a nationwide network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs for children aged 9-11 to build and share their ideas, learning along the way.

Mohamed’s donation of £500 enabled 7 children to have a full year of Code Club sessions (39 club sessions) in 2015. The cost of running a club is split into volunteer recruitment, vetting and training, creation of project resources and ongoing support of volunteers and schools.

Mohamed said “It was my pleasure to choose Code Club. I truly believe that this experience is very beneficial to the children, in fact it’s really important for them to learn about computational thinking and problem solving techniques. This will be of great added value, even if they don’t realize it now!”

We currently have over 8,000 clubs in over 80 countries, and our club projects have been translated in 15 languages.

Our projects are easy to follow step-by-step guides which help children learn Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python by making games, animations, and websites. The projects gradually introduce coding concepts to allow children to build their knowledge incrementally, meaning there’s also no need for the adult running the session to be a computing expert.

Code Club was founded in 2012, and in 2015 joined forces with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a registered UK charity. Code Club is a key educational programme for the Foundation, working to help many more young people learn how to build their ideas with code.”

Posted on May 3, 2017 in IETWinner, Winner Reports | Comments Off on What Mohamed Salaheldin did with his prize money…

What Lizzie Kapasa did with her prize money…

Lizzie won the Artificial Body Zone in June 2015. Since then she has used the £500 prize money to expand her childrens’ engineering book project, ‘Suzie and Ricky’. Here she tells us more.

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I could not have dreamed how far my project has come since winning I’m an Engineer in 2015. To everyone involved, I cannot thank all of you enough. Thanks to all of you, I was able to donate the £500 to support this incredible children’s book project, ‘Suzie & Ricky: The Crash Landing’. The overall aim of the children’s book is to inspire primary school children to want to be engineers at a young age.

A few days after my win, it was National Women in Engineering Day where we held an event in Sheffield Winter Gardens to launch the book together with fun engineering-related activities. Last October, I was interviewed by ITN productions for the IET programme ‘Engineering Our World’ where we took the book into a local school to read and do related activities.

This book has become the heart of the University of Sheffield’s ‘Engineering Is’ campaign in order to tackle the shortage of UK engineers. This campaign was launched by us at the Houses of Parliament in early November. It was so exciting to present in the House of Commons to MPs, executive members of engineering companies and others about how we developed ‘Suzie & Ricky’ and demonstrate the support we have received from all of you!

Lizzie Kapasa 3

Presenting Engineering Is at the Houses of Parliament

The I’m an Engineer prize money, along with additional funding, is being used to develop a website (including a cartoon and game), a virtual reality game and hopefully an app (see the website!). Furthermore, the money has made it possible to publish additional books to expand this project nationally across the UK, and it will be soon released as an eBook that will be available from the website and Amazon.

Some of you asked whether we would distribute the book internationally which at the time I thought was an amazing ambition for the project. But I am happy to report that there has also been lots of enthusiasm shown to begin sharing this book internationally to other English-speaking countries first, before translating the book into other languages including Spanish, Italian and Chinese. Moreover, we are planning to start working on a sequel to start a ‘Suzie & Ricky’ series.

Me talking about Suzie and Ricky

Me talking about Suzie and Ricky with any member of the public who’ll stop to listen!

It has been a genuine joy bringing the book to kids whether through a stand, in schools, or I’m an Engineer. They ask the greatest, funniest and most curious questions about what I do, I simply love it! I remember one group of children in particular. They were asking questions about what I do, to which I explained that I am a bioengineer and I’m working on a PhD project to grow bones. The jaw of this one boy literally dropped like a cartoon and he paused for a moment before putting his hands on his head over his eyes and exclaiming “You’re like…breaking the laws of physics!”

Public engagement is a great way to get out of the workplace and remember why we do the work we do, and reignite that passion, curiosity and excitement for that work. The most exciting thing about this project is that the story is not over yet.

Follow Suzie and Ricky on their Facebook page: and twitter: @SuzieandRicky

Posted on March 22, 2017 in Winner Reports, WTWinner | Comments Off on What Lizzie Kapasa did with her prize money…