Press release

Underwater pods could be the future of luxury transport, according to three young student innovators

24 July 2014

Three girls from across the UK have been awarded cash prizes for designing innovative new forms of transport, in the shape of underwater pods.

The designs were submitted as part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Future of Luxury Global Transport competition, which focused on renewable energies and pollution-free travel.

The winner of the IET Faraday Student Innovator of the Year award went to 12-year-old Vittoria Simples, who designed underwater pods made of recycled metals powered by biomass. Vittoria won £200 of Amazon vouchers, an IET goody bag and £200 cash for her school – Sacred Heart High School in Hammersmith.

Vittoria said: ““I really enjoyed creating my design and I was astonished at winning the national prize. I had thought that I wouldn’t win but my hopes piled up as my design was sent off. I was so happy when I found out that my best friend and I almost fell down the road. I hope I can do this again next year!”

The winners of the IET Faraday Group Innovator of the Year were 13-year-olds Laura White and Amna Halili. Laura and Amna also designed futuristic pods, but their glass pods would run on magnetic tracks powered by solar energy and wind turbines. The two girls won £100 of Amazon vouchers, goody bags and £200 cash for their school – Vyners School in Uxbridge.

Laura said: “I have found entering this competition to be lots of fun, but I have also learnt an incredible amount about alternative, renewable fuels and how their potential can be maximised.”

The IET Future of Luxury Global Transport competition is just one of many educational initiatives run by the IET to encourage young people into careers in STEM. More information is available on the IET Faraday website.

Media enquiries to:

Katie Stanton
Communications Executive

Tel: +44(0)1438 765608
Mob: +44(0)7738 713867
Email: kstanton@theiet.org

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