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Winners of the Bosch Technology Horizons Award are announced

14 July 2010

The 2010 winners of The Bosch Technology Horizons Award have been announced at an event held at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. This essay writing competition, which is open to all young people aged 14 to 24, is now in its fifth year and aims to raise the profile of engineering and technology amongst young people.

For the latest competition, entrants were asked to write a short essay in answer to the following question:

‘Are engineering and technology essential for future development?’

Winning the top prize of £700 for the 14-18 year-old age group, Caitlin Willis (pictured above), from Chelmer Valley High School in Essex, said: “It feels amazing to have won and I would definitely recommend the competition to other students. I never really realised before the big part that engineering plays in our everyday lives. But now after researching it, it has made me think about how different life would be without it and it has also made me think about a job in engineering.” You can read Caitlin's essay here.

Taking the first place prize of £1,000 for the 19-24 year-old age group, Thomas Dean (pictured opposite), from Loughborough University, said: “The competition has made me seriously consider the role engineering has to play in the future, and I believe that the role is a vital one for the human race. The basic technology required to sustain the population and the planet for the future already exists today. It is the challenge for engineers to ensure that it is accessible to all and applied efficiently, providing the greatest benefit to civilisation.” You can read Thomas' essay here.

The runner up from the 14 to 18 year category received £300 and five ’highly commended’ finalists were awarded £150 each. The runner up of the second age group of 19 to 24 year-olds received £500 and the five highly commended finalists of that category received £250.

The Bosch Technology Horizons Award is supported by The Royal Academy of Engineering.

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