Aston engineering students praised by leading design magazine

Rosie Ansell has been recognised as one of Develop3D magazine’s top five standout projects at the New Designers 2012 exhibition in London.

Rosie with her playground equipment concept Playground equipment that generates electricity, devised by sustainable product design student Rosie Ansell, has been recognised as one of Develop3D magazine’s top five standout projects at the New Designers 2012 exhibition in London, which featured more than 3,500 of the most talented newly graduated designers from across the UK.

Rosie’s playground equipment concept is designed to both generate and store electricity specifically for use in developing countries. Working with charity East African Playgrounds, she designed the equipment to be made cheaply and cost effectively from a range of different materials, such as recycled tyres.

Helping the children of today

“Approximately 1.5 billion people in developing countries do not have access to adequate energy services, largely due to widespread poverty,” Rosie says.

“Since evidence shows that poverty reduction starts with children, to improve the lives of future generations we need to help the children of today. This project could help provide some small relief for both problems by bringing renewable energy to remote locations while also providing a source of recreation and enjoyment to children.”

In addition to Rosie’s success, fellow sustainable product design student Robert George’s work to develop a new deployment method for portable fire extinguishers was recognised as one of the best finds for 2012.

Robert’s portable fire extinguisher concept features a pull sleeve that replaces the conventional extinguisher safety pin and indicates the type of extinguishing agent inside the product. It also features an innovative sleeve that offers a better grip for the user to allow the extinguisher to be held easily.