Third class students from Robertson National School, Ballintra were crowned national winners of Engineer Ireland’s STEPS Young Engineers Award.
Students Alex Murphy, Georgia Green and Will Crawford developed the Hydro-Electric Storm, a two-seater car that operates using solar and hydraulic energy, which aims to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere.
It was developed with the Irish climate in mind and consists of a creative roof system to collect and funnel rainwater to a hydraulic pump and solar panels to absorb sunlight to help power the car.
“We wanted to create an environmentally-friendly car for the Irish climate, and we are incredibly proud of our Hydro-Electric Storm prototype,” the students, also known as the Robertson Eco-Roadsters, said.
“Using Lego, a construction kit, lots of imagination and teamwork, it was amazing to see our idea on paper come to life.”
They thanked their teacher Ms Patterson and local engineer Gerard McGranahan who inspired and motivated them throughout the project.
The nationwide primary school competition encourages third and fourth class pupils and their teachers to explore the world of engineering by developing a project that would help to improve their local community.
“It is my hope that each student who participated in this year’s STEPS Young Engineer Awards thoroughly enjoyed this experience and that they will be encouraged to continue their exploration of the exciting world of engineering into the future,” Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland.