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‘Fridge with attitude’ wins at TeenTech

28 June 2013

A team from Luckley Oakland School in Wokingham have won the Future of Food category at the 2013 TeenTech awards for their ‘fridge with attitude’.

The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and Heinz were proud sponsors of the ‘Future of Food’ category at the nearly introduced TeenTech awards, which challenged secondary school students to look at problems large and small and come up with a better way of doing things.

Shortlisted teams made presentations to category judges, Jon Poole, IFST; Cathy Harris, Heinz; and VIP judge Charles Arthur, the Guardian’s Technology Editor at The Royal Society on Monday 24 June. The students had a chance to meet Professor Brian Cox and James May who stopped by to view the projects. They will now attend a presentation at Buckingham Palace on Monday with TeenTech Patron, HRH Duke of York.

The ‘fridge with attitude’ took the basic idea of a smart fridge to new heights through the use of a database to act as the fridges intelligence and allow the home owner to extract valuable information from it via their mobile phone.  This added an original twist by enabling the homeowner to interact with the fridge via their smartphone to enable the consumer to know what is out of date and suggest recipes using ingredients from the whole kitchen.

Winners Amy and Jasmine said: “Teen Tech has given us the opportunity to research and learn something that we chose to explore and find out about. From our initial idea for a smart fridge with our Stem ambassador Darren Ballard and ICT teacher Mrs Bennett we were able to expand our idea. Sophia from the Institute of Food Science & Technology also sent us lots of links and these were really good too.

"The actual final was amazing, the judges were all so friendly and interested in our idea. We were really nervous and so amazed and excited when we won our category. It's been crazy, we are now sat in a taxi going to broadcasting house and off to Buckingham Palace on Monday. Wow, how lucky are we!”

Other shortlisted entries in the category included a shopping trolley, biodegradable cutlery, shopping glasses and an emergency ration pack for those living in flooded areas.

Jon Poole, IFST Chief Executive and TeenTech judge said: “The judges were all really impressed by the excellent standard of entries and the amount of work and commitment put in by the teams. 

"As an Institute we see it as vital that we play our part in stimulating the minds of students to consider the science and technology behind our food. “

The TeenTech awards, headed by former Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin, was founded in 2008 to engage UK Secondary school students with STEM subjects and inspire them with the opportunities open to them by continuing with study in science, engineering, technology and mathematics. 

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