Annual Engineering Dinner 2024EESW Project Awards 2024Technical Site Visit - AlkegenWales National Eisteddfod August 2023Technical Visit to Atlas CopcoVisit to the Michael Beetham Conservation CentreMersey Tidal Power Project Quadcopter presentationTalk and site visit to Ynni OgwenHydrogen – Helping to meet the UKs Net Zero targetsJoint Lecture with RAeS A 350 – Diverse FutureMarine EnergyAdvanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC)STEM activity Raytheon Quadcopter Challenge 2021, Regional Final.Behind the Scenes at the RAF MuseumThe Seven Ways to Engineer ResilienceSixth Form Project Assessments and AwardsTechnical Lecture: - “Climate Change and Renewable Energy – The solutions and their problems”Presidential Visit Oct 2019Technical Lecture Automobile Division Chair’s Address - 100 Years of Bentley MotorsWirral Arts Festival – How engineering and technology are transforming the healthcare sector!Technical Lecture - The U-Battery, providing local low carbon energy? Visit to the Queensway (Birkenhead) TunnelWales National Eisteddfod 2019New Members Event July 2019Technical Visit to Hoylake Station- June 2019Technical Visit – Tata Steel- Apr 19Technical Lecture Arion 5- Feb 19Atlas Copco Visit- Nov 2018Energy Storage Talk- Nov 2018Wirral Arts Festival- Oct 2018Urenco Site Visit July 2018New Members Event July 2018UAS Challenge June 2018Community Hydro visitCammell Laird- Apprentice VisitEESW Big Bang - March 2018Annual Dinner - March 2018Land Rover 4x4 Schools Technology Challenge Jan 18Space Debris Jan 2018IMechE Engineering Heritage Award - The Daniel Adamson - a fully restored 1903 steam shipEngineering Your Future Careers all day Event- NOv 17Vist to Vauxhall Motors Ellesmere Port Nov 2017Quadcopter Challenge - Nov 2017School's Challenge - Nov 2017Skills Cymru 2017Engineering Your Future Careers all day Event - OctWales GB Rally - Oct 2017Region Supporting Team Falcon F1 in SchoolsWales National Eisteddfod - August 2017Presidential Visit and Annual Dinner - March 2017Bangor Science Festival - March 2017Solar Vehicles - Jan 2017Wave Energy Technical Lecture - Nov 2016Technical Visit to Toyota (Deeside Plant) - May 2016Wales GB RallyRegion Supporting Team Tachyon F1 in SchoolsTechnical Visit to RWEs Dolgarrog Hydro Site - May 2016Technical Visit to Electroimpact - May 2016Breaking the Human Powered land speed record - April 2016EESW Big Bang Event and IMechE Award - April 2016Farwell to Magnox - Seminar - Oct 2015From Formula 1 to Everyday Use (part of the Heswall Arts Festival ) 1 Oct 2015Vehicle Technology: Where Next? 1st Oct 2015Visit to Hoylake Lifeboat Station - Sept 2015Bright Lights and Engineering Technical Seminar June 2015Technical Visit to the Anderton Boat Lift - Oct 2013The History and Design of the Sea PloughYoung Person of the Year 2009 AwardVisit to the Deeside Power StationOpTIC TechniumSustainable EnergyProcessing Energy from WasteSir Alec Issigonis The man and his machineWaterside Most Improved Apprentice 2009

Sixth Form Project Assessments and Awards

The North Wales area has been involved with the EESW Big Bang event for many years in providing

assessors for the Projects Awards as well as sponsoring a prize for ‘The Best Use of Mechanical

Engineering Principles’, namely the Ian Binning Award in memory of one of our members who

contributed a lot towards Institution STEM activities in the Region.


This year, due to Covid restrictions, the event was significantly different with no ‘face to face’ activities

possible at Venue Cymru. A great deal of work had been done by the students in the previous year,

normally leading up to the project presentations and awards in March. Recognising this and to reward the

students, EESW decided to carry out a virtual assessment of the projects with a video award ceremony for



The Region agreed to sponsor and support the event as usual. Two additional changes were agreed:


· Normally the Projects are assessed across North Wales and South Wales at separate distinct

events. This year EESW asked for the projects to be considered across Wales which significantly

increased the number of projects to be assessed.

· The sponsorship by the Region usually includes a cash sum for the Team plus a separate award

for the school (recently this has been a gyroscope). For 2020 the cash sum was increased as it

would not be possible to make a physical presentation of a prize for the school.




EESW carried out the first run of assessing the projects using experienced assessors from previous events.

This provided us with a short list of nominations to assess locally. Four of our Regional members who

have previously assessed the IMechE award then judged and selected the winning team.


The team that won the Ian Binning award for 2020 was Ysgol Bryn Elian, Colwyn Bay (Team 1) for

work carried out with Warwick Chemicals in the selection of a pumping system for offloading of tankers.

It was a close run with Connahs Quay High school who worked with Airbus on a tool to assist in the

removal of aircraft wing fasteners. Noted that Connahs Quay won a separate award for the ‘Most

Effective Presentation of the Solution’.




The award ceremony was virtual with each sponsor providing a short video that was streamed to the

schools. The following link provides access to the full awards ceremony:


Future events


EESW have already kicked off the 2020/21 Projects through virtual meetings with the schools. The nature

of next years event is clearly uncertain but we would look to continue our involvement and sponsorship,



Here is the complete listing of awards, sponsors and winning teams for 2019/20:


Award Sponsor Winning Team

Best Application of Engineering and

Technology IET Connah’s Quay High School, Ysgol Friars Team 2

Best Overall Written Report WJEC St Joseph’s RC High Sch. Newport, Cardiff 6th Form College Team 2

Most Innovative Application of an

Existing Technology Safran Seats Alun School Team 2

Best Use of Mechanical Engineering

Principles (Ian Binning Award) IMechE - Merseyside & North Wales Region Ysgol Bryn Elian Team 1

Best Chemical/ Process Engineering

Design IChemE Coleg Meirion Dwyfor 6th Form Hub

Best Project for sustainability/

environmental protection The Worshipful Livery Company of Wales Bishop Gore School

Most Innovative Solution to the

Project Set Welsh Govt – Innovation Team Ysgol Y Preseli

Project with the Most Commercial

Potential TRJ Coleg Cambria Deeside Sixth

Best Application of Science Welsh Govt – Education Team Alun School Team 1

Best Energy Appreciation Vale Bishop of Llandaff CIW School

Best Appreciation of Safety Issues IMechE – South Wales Region Hawarden High School

Best Working Model/ Prototype SWIEET Llanishen High School Team 2

Best Overall Team Performance General Dynamics Queen Elizabeth High School

Most Effective Presentation of the

Chosen Solution Industry Wales Connah’s Quay High School





Gareth Cemlyn Jones

December 14th 2020

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