Pupil’s idea tries to stop drink driving

Matthew Holmes, Grace Norris, Amy Logue, Kyle Burden, Rebekah Mennie and Patrick Skea.
Matthew Holmes, Grace Norris, Amy Logue, Kyle Burden, Rebekah Mennie and Patrick Skea.

A creative Montrose youngster won an award in an engineering competition for her initiative to combat drink driving.

More than 200 children across the country entered the contest and Rosemount Primary School pupil Amy Logue was one of two P7 winners for her design of a blue tooth Breathalyser that is linked to a vehicle’s engine.

Amy’s Breathalyser Locking Ignition System (BLIS) measures whether a driver is over or under the legal alcohol limit and if they are over, the vehicle’s engine won’t start.

She was put forward for the Scottish Engineering and the Leaders Award competition after several P7 pupils at Rosemount expressed an interest in careers in engineering.

The award included pupils coming up with an idea for what they would invent if they were an engineer in Scotland.

Judges said: “Amy’s idea is great and would have a very beneficial effect on road safety.”

Class teacher Mrs Cowan contacted National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and one of their design engineers, Matthew Winnal, went into school to help the children. All the P7 pupils, the school and Mr Winnal received certificates.

Amy attended an awards ceremony at The University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, accompanied by her parents and headteacher Mary Fox.

Amy’s design along with other prize-winners and five other students from Rosemount, Kyle Burden, Matthew Holmes, Rebecca Mennie, Grace Norris and Patrick Skea, who had their designs short-listed, were showcased at the university.

Mary Fox, headteacher, said: “Entering the competition has been a very worthwhile activity. It has enabled us to develop a new partnership with a local industry, gave the pupils a unique perspective of the engineering profession and its significance in the wider world. It has encouraged their creativity to run free by allowing them to draw and write their interpretation of experience.”