Ex-Cwmcarn pupil picks up national innovation award
11:52am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
Cool lad Former Cwmcarn High School pupil Nathan Llewellyn, (ok), whose can cooler has been recognised at the WJEC Innovation Awards for his GCSE technology work. Pictured with his former school teacher Clive Wilkinson, ( product design) (1602641)
A FORMER Gwent pupil has won a national innovation award for a GCSE technology project to cool cans of drink for parties.
Nathan Llewellyn, 16, from Cross Keys, was one of five pupils from Cwmcarn High School to have their work chosen to be featured at the WJEC Innovation Awards, but his work impressed the judging panel so much that he went on to win his category.
The two-day event showcases the most innovative project work from the WJEC exam board’s A-level and GCSE design and technology courses.
Nathan, who achieved grade A at GCSE for design and technology product design, worked “extremely hard” to produce a modern can cooler, inspired by the work of designer Philippe Starck, said subject leader Clive Wilkinson.
The cooler also incorporated a lighting system to create a party atmosphere.
“When Nathan was in school he wasn’t a high-flyer academically, but when it came to design and making, he was excellent, it was his thing,” said Mr Wilkinson of his former pupil.
“You give him a little bit of direction and he would just take it on, and work things out himself and solve problems. He made his product completely independently and he has done fantastically to win the award.”
Mr Wilkinson said Nathan was predicted a C grade at GCSE but his outstanding design skills landed him top marks.
“It goes to show how hard he has worked,” said Mr Wilkinson.
Nathan received his award from First Minister Carwyn Jones at the innovation awards exhibition at the Swalec Stadium, Cardiff, yesterday.
Head teacher at Cwmcarn Jacqui Peplinsky said: “I am delighted with Nathan’s tremendous success.
“Nathan, like all of our examination candidates, achieved despite the challenging year. Ironically, our exceptional circumstances seemed to bring out the determination in everyone. Five of our learners were nominated for examination prizes – a phenomenal achievement.”
A computer-controlled “Arizona Wave” clock, an iPod docking station, a Rubik’s cube storage unit and an octopus table light were among the 80 exhibits on display, selected from more than 16,000 projects submitted by students from all over Wales undertaking WJEC A-Level, AS and GCSE courses.
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