OE Mark Miodownik (Professor of Materials and Society at UCL) has come up with a challenge open to all Emanuel students to help to develop engineering skills whilst in lockdown. The challenge is to create a robot recycling machine for the home which should fit in the same space as a washing machine and should automatically sort and separate recycling waste so that it can be dealt with more efficiently.

Watch Mark’s video to find out more about the challenge and to enter.

All entries should be sent to oe@emanuel.org.uk or brought to Anna Van Es in the Development office by Thursday 3 September, 2020. We will then get the entries to Mark Miodownik to judge.

In summary, the challenge is:

  • Create a robot recycling machine for the home: The smart bin should fit in the same space as a washing machine and should automatically sort and separate recycling waste so that it can be dealt with more efficiently.
  • Submit a diagram/plan of how the machine works. The diagram should show the waste recycling coming in and how it is separated out according to its recycling requirements (different types of plastic, paper etc). The plan can be created digitally using free exploded diagram software online or by hand. There will be a prize for the best science and for the best innovation.
  • Make a video to explain how your recycling machine works (optional): If you wish, you can also make a video to demonstrate how your recycling machine works. There will be a prize for the best video.

A little background on Mark Miodownik (OE1982-87)

Mark is Professor of Materials and Society at UCL, broadcaster and writer on science and engineering issues for The Observer, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian and author of two popular books, Stuff Matters and Liquid: The Spellbinding Substances That Guide Our Lives).