Students at a Surrey independent school have won a national innovation award for a hi-tech showerhead designed to reduce water consumption.
ShowerSmart, invented by a team from Royal Grammar School Guildford (RGS), claimed the technology and innovation award at the Young Enterprise UK company programme finals.
The students say that, by mixing water with air, their showerhead both increases pressure and reduces water usage, cutting its consumption by up to 40%.
The hi-tech element comes via the unit’s connection to the internet of things, in a move designed to help users control both the financial and environmental costs of showering. A flow sensor and wifi-capable microchip relay live data to an online app, which in turn informs a flashing light on the showerhead – the more frequently it flashes, the nearer the user has come to the end of their desired shower time.
“Whilst the team clearly had embarked on a very ambitious plan, they never gave up,” said Liv Timberlake, head of business enterprise at RGS. “They worked incredibly hard, creating 24 iterations of the product to overcome many technical obstacles and constantly adding value to their brand.
“I am sure this Young Enterprise journey has made them develop an entrepreneurial mindset which will positively influence whatever they do going forward.”
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Young Enterprise is a national initiative giving students aged 13-19 the opportunity to develop employability skills and prepare for the world of work by establishing and running their own company.
“The ShowerSmart team’s idea was innovative, had an environmental and social purpose running throughout, and may have a real potential to become businesses of the future,” said Sharon Davies, chief executive at Young Enterprise.
“These young people are a credit to themselves and their school, and we look forward to seeing how their journey as innovative entrepreneurs progresses.”
At the same finals, Royal Grammar School Newcastle took home the creativity award for Project Parrot, an initiative to help young children learn languages.
A team of 12 lower-sixth students produced a book centred around a parrot named Pedro, designed to take children aged five to eight through the first steps in learning French, German, Spanish or Italian.