Brandon Scoops Young Engineer Awards
Brandon Whitwell-Mak has won the title of ‘Young Engineer’ and picked up the ‘Manufacture and Finish’ award at the Big Bang Science & Engineering Fair for his ingenious ‘iHold’ product.
As part of his 2009/2010 GCSE project, Brandon was tasked with creating a device that included mechanical features and displayed items. His solution to this brief was to create the ‘iHold.’
“The iHold lets you enjoy any portable device, from iPods to Satellite Navigation systems” explains Brandon, who is now in Year 12. “Whatever you combine the iHold with, it will introduce a new level of entertainment to you whilst travelling. This is possible due to its mechanical features such as its ball joints and telescopic tube, which allows the viewing angle to be altered to almost any comfortable position for the user.
“Additionally, the iHold differs from other products on the market as it is totally universal; it can be used in any vehicle, with any product. Another perk of the iHold is that it is very portable. It can fold into less than half its size and therefore it can be easily stored in a bag or pocket whilst on-the-go.”
Brandon entered the iHold in the ‘Young Engineers’ regional competition of the Big Bang Science & Engineering Fair at Loughborough University in March 2010. He competed against over 200 other projects from schools across the region and was one of only eight regional finalists to be titled ‘Young Engineer’ for the East Midlands. This meant that his product went on show at London Excel in the ‘Ambassadors for Science and Engineering in the UK’ exhibit. He also won the ‘Manufacture and Finish Award’ and prize money for the iHold, and importantly, made contacts and received advice from global business people, which may prove valuable in his future career.