Scottish Engineering Leaders Award 2019

On Saturday, Reuben, Joshua, Isaac and I travelled to the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow to visit the Scottish Engineering Leaders Award 2019 exhibition.

We went to see Joshua’s design on display. His idea had been judged as “highly commended” putting him in the top 42 of 17,500 Scottish entries.

This is what Joshua had written about his design:

My invention is a traffic cone with solar panels on the side that store electricity to power the light on the top that spins around. It is called the solar-powered safety cone. It would help people to see the cone at night. During the day, the solar panels collect power and then at night the light on the top lights up and spins round. It could be used at road works to keep the people who work there safer and the people with the Stop/Go sign at night. It would be made of a very strong and waterproof material so that it would protect the electronics inside.

After we’d marvelled at Joshua’s traffic cone design, we went to see what Glaswegians do with traffic cones.

Equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington with traffic cone on his head.
Equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington

We then visited the LEGO store, which Reuben had wanted to see for the last two years. I bought him the Iron Man Hall of Armour set.

After leaving the store, Reuben hugged me and said quietly, “This is one of the best days of my life.”

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 47 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.

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