Two pupils from Nunnery Wood High School have won a prestigious Secondary Engineer Leaders Award.

Year 7 pupil, Kieran Stevenson and Year 8 pupil, Aliyan Amin entered the competition, which asked them to design an innovative product. The competition was open to ages 3-19 across five regions and there were a total of 48,000 entries across the country.

The Primary Engineer and Secondary Engineer Leaders Award has evolved into a creative, problem solving, literacy and entrepreneurial project. Pupils were encouraged to look at the world around them to find problem solutions they could solve. Every entry was graded by engineers and educationalists and then short-listed. A panel of judges decided upon the final Regional winners.

The boys were presented their awards by Mark Woodcock of Bosch and Ray Farmer of Dean Engineering at Coventry University.

Aliyan who designed the ‘Litter Picking Bike’ said: “I designed a bike which is attached to two metal rods. As the pedals turn, hooks which are attached to the rods, collect litter which moves along a conveyor belt and into a container at the back of the bike. I felt really good when I saw that my design was amongst the three winning designs, as I went along knowing that I had been short-listed but didn’t realise that I was going to win.”

Kieran designed ‘The Milk Monitor.

He said: “I designed a product which you put outside your fridge. It monitors when your milk is running low. When the milk falls to 30g, a USB sends a message to your phone to alert you to buy more milk. I was very happy and surprised to discover on the evening that I was a winner.”

Headteacher Steve Powell said: "We are immensely proud of Kieran and Aliyan for standing out against this huge national field. We are determined to recognize student talent in all areas – arts, science,sport – and I’m sure these boys will inspire others to get involved.”

The awards were presented at Coventry University on Thursday, June 27.