Kilkenny CBS student Simon Bluett will represent Ireland this year, when he embarks on a trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona.
Simon, a fifth year student, won the top prize at last year’s SciFest@Intel 2012 Awards, in which 4,300 students took part with almost 1,900 projects exhibited. His Technology teacher PJ McCormack will accompany Simon to Arizona in 2013, where he will receive the ‘Teacher of Excellence Award’.
Simon has being studying Technology as a subject since first year, which has allowed him to develop a passion for design and innovation. He scooped the top award for his project ‘Easyflick’ – a system that can remotely control electrical circuits in the home from an app or online.
The aim of Simon’s project was to design a system that could remotely control electrical circuits in the home. Recognising that there are already a number of home control products on the market, Simon’s approach was to design a product that could be retrofitted to an existing electrical system.
With this in mind he designed ‘Easyflick’ using the advanced equipment in the Technology Room and producing a full size prototype of a small flick unit that clips onto the circuit breaker switches on home switchboards. The unit is controlled via an app or online via a website, allowing you to control the circuits in your home, wherever you are. This means that if you are on the way to work and forgot to turn off the light in the kitchen, you can do so from the app.
Kilkenny CBS is immensely proud of this wonderful achievement of both teacher and pupil. The school wishes them well as they represent both school and country in the USA.