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April 18th, 2016

Innovative Swansea sixth-formers have been recognised for their hard work on a range of creative – and potentially life-changing – projects as part of the STEM Cymru initiative.

During the past five months youngsters from across Swansea Bay schools and colleges have been designing, engineering and testing products and projects they have been working on in collaboration with local industry and business. And their success was marked at an awards ceremony at Swansea University Bay Campus on Thursday 24th March.

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe’s collaboration with Power & Water was picked out as the winner in the Most Innovative Application of an Existing Technology category on Thursday.

STEM Cymru (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) events are organised by the Engineering Education Scheme Wales, with one of the main sponsors of Thursday’s event being Power & Water.

Power & Water’s Technical Manager, Simon Conway, said: “We have been so impressed by the technical nous, the creativity and the dedication to the task in hand which has been displayed by Bryn Tawe students throughout this project.

“Here at Power & Water we pride ourselves on thinking outside the box when it comes to problem solving – we approach every new project and innovation in a wholly unique way – and I have to say, our way of working has been matched by these youngsters.

“Not only did they come up with the concept of a compact, self-contained treatment unit which we believe could change lives and save lives, but they designed it themselves.

“The unit can, in just one day, process enough water for 200 people, it is solar powered, completely sustainable and it needs no external power supply. This is something we would happily include among our catalogue of sustainable water purifying products as we can see that it is commercially viable.

“Collaborations like this between industry and education are so valuable and we are pleased to help Ysgol Bryn Tawe students gain real hands-on experience.

“They have excelled themselves throughout the process, putting in about 80 hours of hard work in the last five months and it is clear we have some future stars of engineering and invention on our hands.”