School children present winning ‘flying pod’ London transport idea at Parliament

Over 25 London students went on an engineering tour of the Houses of Parliament and presented their entries for the ICE London #ICanEngineer competition.

Students at Parliament with Stephen Metcalfe MP, HM Government Envoy for the Year of Engineering
Students at Parliament with Stephen Metcalfe MP, HM Government Envoy for the Year of Engineering

More than 25 students from across London presented their ideas to solve the capital’s future transport challenges in the ICE London #ICanEngineer competition held at the Houses of Parliament on 7 November 2018.

The 12- to 15-year-olds demonstrated their engineering knowledge, integrating sustainability at the heart of their designs. They also looked at the use of materials, relieving congestion, safety, benefits for local businesses and the community, and renewable energy.

Hosted as part of Tomorrow's Engineers Week, Professor Lord Robert Mair (ICE President 2017/18) shared the importance of civil engineering with the #ICanEngineer finalists before presenting the winning teams with trophies.

The overall winning project was the The Petocopter, a flying pod machine providing a new and exciting experience for visitors to travel around London, with an inclusive design making it suitable for people with disabilities.

The brains behind it were Adamant Edindon, Yuvan Chikka and Jassim Araim from Sutton Grammar.

Invisible Superheroes

The winners said their idea was inspired by Isambard Kingdom Brunel – one of ICE’s Invisible Superheroes for his engineering brilliance and revolutionary thinking towards transport.

During the visit to Parliament, the finalists met Stephen Metcalfe MP, HM Government Envoy for the Year of Engineering, and heard from Andy Alder, Programme Director at Tideway about the 'Great stink' of 1858 and the current ‘super sewer’ project Tideway.

This was all brought to life for the students with an engineering tour of the magnificent building.

“Parliament has a long history connected to civil engineering, so this was a great chance to bring young people face-to-face with inspiring engineering achievements, while encouraging them to discover where their own curiosity and creativity could take them," said Metcalfe.

"Inspiring young people through direct experiences like these is at the heart of the Year of Engineering.”

Along with Metcalfe, the students walked through Westminster Hall and to the building basement where they saw the steam-powered sewerage system – no longer in use – which dates back to the 1880s.

The students then went to One Great George Street for a ‘day in the life of an engineer’ presentation at ICE’s headquarters, where they also saw the Invisible Superheroes exhibition and met this year’s ICE President Andrew Wyllie.

The #ICanEngineer competition is a part of the ICE London G&S Committee’s ‘Future Engineers Scheme’ to engage students in engineering activities, workshops and presentations.

Graduate and Student volunteers Kishore Ramdeen, Friba Hossaini and Ahsan Wahedi led the 2018 competition, while industry support was provided by Arup, Highways England, Price and Myers and Markides Associates.