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Ed’s amazing inventions inspire a national triumphMay 26th, 2021
The inspirational story of a schoolboy’s bid to help the NHS save lives in the UK’s fight against Covid-19 has scooped a national award.
Ed, a pupil at Monmouth School for Boys, was just 12 when he invented a device earlier this year to help speed up the process of administering the life-saving Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine.
Ed’s story has been declared the Best Entrepreneurship Story in the School Stories Awards.
Mr Ben Weston-Conway from Interactive Schools said: “We received almost 1,000 entries, so it’s a huge achievement that you were selected by our judges.
“One of the comments said: “This was a fantastic story that made the student the heart of the story.
“The copy was well written and the tale was topical, and relevant and interesting. Well done Monmouth School for Boys and a special congratulations to Ed.”
It is a double celebration for Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools because Monmouth School for Girls’ Everest Challenge to raise money for Mind Monmouthshire has won the Best Boarding Story.
Ed, now 13, first made a model prototype out of LEGO and then built a working model using pieces of wood at home.
He worked remotely with Mr Nick Goodson, a teacher in the DT Department at Monmouth School for Boys, and they used the school’s new X-carve Computer Numerical Control (CNC) router and Ultimaker 3D printers to make a series of improving models.
In addition to this project, Ed and Mr Goodson built a tray, which was subsequently used by the NHS in vaccination centres in Gloucestershire to transport the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and needles safely from mixing stations to vaccination tables.
The School Stories Awards celebrate social media storytelling in schools across the world and are produced by Interactive Schools, a leading school website agency.
Mr Weston-Conway added: “Congratulations again, it was an incredible entry.”