Five Lower sixth students (from left to right) Senan Magennis, Pascal McBride, Maeve McLaughlin, (Mr. John Duffy), Rachael Ferguson, Jack Shiels and (Mrs Mary O’Brien) were awarded Gold Crest awards for their work in producing a report entitled ‘No More Home Alone’ with the Sentinus R&D Engineering Scheme at a ceremony at Queens Whitla Hall on 12 April 2011.

This is an ongoing scheme where the Technology & Design and Physic departments work together with Sentinus. The scheme provides opportunities for schools and companies to work together on an engineering design problem.  This year the team where partnered with NIBEC at UUJ and we were very lucky to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Abbes Amira and Dr. Richard Holmes.

The design brief in 2011 involved an investigation into addressing the problem of bed blocking in the NHS. In these current economic times, health service costs are rising and elderly patients often ‘block’ beds as they cannot be discharged from hospital to go home alone. Engineers at NIBEC are looking at devices which can be used to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of a carer 24 hours a day.  The team spent six months investigating this problem and came up with a Bluetooth based solution where two Lego Minestorms robots were programmed to talk to each other and mimic the actions of an elderly person living alone. In this way a carer could receive a message via Bluetooth immediately and react to any incidents if necessary. The students also presented this project at the Young Innovators competition and received a very favourable report. See photo below.

Sentinus Team R&D 2011

Five Lower sixth students (from left to right) Senan Magennis, Pascal McBride, Maeve McLaughlin, (Mr. John Duffy), Rachael Ferguson, Jack Shiels and (Mrs Mary O’Brien) were awarded Gold Crest awards for their work in producing a report entitled ‘No More Home Alone’ with the Sentinus R&D Engineering Scheme at a ceremony at Queens Whitla Hall on 12 April 2011.

This is an ongoing scheme where the Technology & Design and Physic departments work together with Sentinus. The scheme provides opportunities for schools and companies to work together on an engineering design problem.  This year the team where partnered with NIBEC at UUJ and we were very lucky to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Abbes Amira and Dr. Richard Holmes.

The design brief in 2011 involved an investigation into addressing the problem of bed blocking in the NHS. In these current economic times, health service costs are rising and elderly patients often ‘block’ beds as they cannot be discharged from hospital to go home alone. Engineers at NIBEC are looking at devices which can be used to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of a carer 24 hours a day.  The team spent six months investigating this problem and came up with a Bluetooth based solution where two Lego Minestorms robots were programmed to talk to each other and mimic the actions of an elderly person living alone. In this way a carer could receive a message via Bluetooth immediately and react to any incidents if necessary. The students also presented this project at the Young Innovators competition and received a very favourable report. See photo below.