More than 80 visitors were present at Roessingh on Saturday to encourage the pupils. The prototypes by the ‘RED Engineers’ were assessed by the jury in the categories presentation, problem analyses, creativity, cooperation, innovation and design. This was also the first year in which teacher professionalization; the training of teachers in relation to the assignment, was a key element. ‘This was illustrated really well during the pitches, in which the children showed the constant improvement of their invention during the process.’ According to chairman of the jury Miriam Luizink of Roessingh Research and Development. ‘The children particularly enjoyed applying technology in order to be able to help people with a practical problem.’
The 8 teams consisted of two to five pupils from grades seven and eight in primary school. The participating pupils have worked on the development of different ideas from March to the beginning of June and have developed these into prototypes. All of the teams have presented their idea in their own grade. The team with the best idea and prototype has pitched its idea before the jury, consisting of Miriam Luizink, managing director of Roessingh Research and Development, Nicolien Tip, teacher nature & technology at the PABO program at Saxion and Linda Knowles, former rehabilitator at Roessingh.
De Meander, of the Atol group of schools from Ootmarsum, won with their prototype ‘the HIPA’ the RED Engineers Challenge 2017. The HIPA is a prototype of a heat-resistant pot-holder that has to make it easier to cook and stir with one hand. The HIPA, a holder that you connect to your stove, makes sure the pans won’t shift during cooking with one hand and therefore prevents you from burning yourself. According to the jury, they have looked into the needs of ex-rehabilitator Linda (jury) really well and subsequently transferred this into a practical solution.
The winning team wins a workshop in the Lego Studio of Saxion. The Saxion LEGO Education Innovation Studio is also a means to introduce children at a very young age to technology.
The RED Engineers Challenge was organized by Saxion and the University of Twente and Foundation Twente Branding with Roessingh Research and Development as initiator. With this initiative, the partners want to create enthusiasm with children for a technical degree in future at Saxion or the University of Twente. This is necessary because of the growing demand for highly skilled technicians in future, both in Twente as well as worldwide.
For more information and participating schools, have a look at twente.com/redengineers.