Samuel Fielding a Year 12 student from St Philip’s Christian College Newcastle Campus in Waratah won a national award for innovation in the electrical industry for designing a solar powered house numbering system that incorporated an emergency warning system.
Mr Fielding received the Electrotechnology School Student Award in the Innovation Category at the Apprentice of the Year awards hosted by peak electrical industry body the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) in Melbourne last Wednesday night (23 November 2011).
National judge of the NECA Electrotechnology School Student Awards, Mr Wes McKnight, said the solar powered house numbering system was an incredibly relevant product built to a very high standard.
“The judges thought Samuel’s design solved what is a common problem with readily available solar energy,” Mr McKnight said.
“The real innovation to the system was incorporating an emergency warning system that would enable a distressed person inside a home to literally push a button that changed the illuminated house numbers from white light to flashing red so emergency services or neighbours could easily identify a property.”
Mr Daniel Swida from the Catholic Regional College in Sydenham, Victoria, was named as the Runner-Up in the Award for his remote controlled rocket launcher.
NECA’s chief executive officer, Mr James Tinslay, said the future of the electrotechnology industry in Australia is in safe hands.
“Every year the standard of the students coming through improves. The incredible depth and breadth of knowledge displayed by students who submit projects in the innovation category is always amazing,” Mr Tinslay said.
“These students are quite simply brilliant and I hope they pursue a career in the industry.”
Mr Fielding received a $1000 prize to help develop his project.
About the Awards:
The NECA Electrotechnology School Student Awards are designed to reward the commitment and passion of talented young individuals that are producing outstanding products and inventions that can potentially change the future of the industry and many people’s lives.
NECA acknowledges the ongoing support of our partner NHP Electrical Engineering Products Pty Ltd for this important award. NHP is proud to encourage talented students who are developing their skills in this specialised field.
For photos of the winning student please contact NECA.
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