September 2000, Amsterdam - Projects - United Kingdom

Joanne Daniel (18)
School: Langley Park Girls' School
Hobbies: Board game marathons, fine art, swimming
Career intention: Brain surgeon

Gemma Dawson (18)
School: Langley Park Girls' School
Hobbies: swimming, mathematical puzzles, photography
Career intention: RAF pilot

Ally Wilkie (18)
School: Langley Park Girls' School
Hobbies: abseiling, fencing, going to the theatre
Career intention: scientist

Designing a disposable sample device
We designed a disposable sample device for the extraction of cells from fermenters for use in the pharmaceutical industry. Our instruction was to replace the stainless steel and glass device Glaxowellcome currently use with an improved model. The disadvantages of the existing design include the safety hazard caused by glass against steel and the substantial length of time required to clean and sterilise the device. We did extensive research into plastics and came up with numerous designs. Our final design is disposable and made solely from silicone. Our design resulted in the manufacture of a silicon bag which is novel to the industry. It is fully sterilisable in place thus significantly reducing the required preparation time. The plastic manufactures have taken out five patents on our design and Glaxowellcome hope to have the device in use by the end of the year .

Steven Killingbeck (18)
School: King Edward VII Community College
Hobbies: mountainbiking, road cycling, volleyball, basketball, computers, art
Career intention: mechanical engineer

Baden Knifton (19)
School: King Edward VII Community College
Hobbies: snowboarding, mountainbiking, surfing, martial arts, fitness, badminton, squash, volleybal!
Career intention: Product designer

Catherine Randall (18)
School: King Edward VII Community College
Hobbies: Swimming
Career intention: Medical engineer

Designing a portable moisture meter for bulk materials
The water content of sand is a significant factor in the brick making process. This project set out to design a hand-held portable device for measuring the moisture content of bulk materials. Now that the project has reached completion, brick manufacture will have greater control over the final stages of the process. As a result, they will be able to reduce energy costs and minimise the waste of raw materials.
This project was originally set up as part of the Engineering Education Scheme that was to link industrial companies to local colleges. We took up this project to gain experience in working on a real-life industrial project. For us, is was a way to develop our personal and scientific skills .