Engineering students praised by leading design magazine

'Electric' playground

27 July 2012

Engineering students at Aston University have been praised for their innovative design work by one of the UK’s leading creative technology magazines.

Playground equipment which generates electricity – devised by Sustainable Product Design student, Rosie Ansell, was recognised by DEVELOP3D magazine as one of their Top Five Stand Out Projects at the New Designers 2012 exhibition in London.

Robert George, also a Sustainable Product Design student has developed a new deployment method for portable fire extinguishers. His work was recognised as one of the Best Finds for 2012.

New Designers 2012 took place over two weeks and featured over 3,500 of the most talented newly graduated designers from across the nation.

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, the 22-year-old has designed the equipment to be made cheaply and cost effectively from a range of different materials, such as recycled tyres.

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 which offers a better grip for the user to allow the extinguisher to be held easily. The new concept is also Velcro mounting to walls, has a reduced weight over traditional extinguishers, and is designed to be both pulled and carried.

It is another success story for Rosie, who was involved in the organisation of Aston Inspired 2012 at Aston University, which showcases designs by all final year engineering students.

She commented:  “Both myself and Robert found exhibiting our final year projects at New Designers 2012 a very rewarding experience. It was a chance to talk about our project to design professionals, the general public and other students.  

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

For further media information please contact Alex Earnshaw, University Communications on 0121 204 4549 or a.earnshaw@aston.ac.uk