Lockdown Life: Young Inventors, Tecnology and WAPPY Meets Engineer, Lillia Nelson
Updated: Aug 16, 2020
According to Tony Waithe, founder of the Fold Up Fire Escape Ladder, and the "Sylinder" Bicycle Saddle, “Anyone with a vision can be an inventor. No matter how young or old they are, �YOU can change the way we live." Lockdown Life continued the Science and Technology theme last Thursday by first engaging participants in one of our quizzes, followed by the ice-breaker question, ‘what would you like to invent?’
We are grateful that one of our long-standing WAPPY supporters, whose daughter is a WAPPY member, Ms Lillia Nelson, joined both the primary school age and secondary school age sessions to talk about her work as a engineer. It was very illuminating for us all to learn about the '4th Revolution' (Cyber and Physical Systems), how it has evolved from previous industrial Revolutions and what it represents today, what working with a major energy company entails, what skills you need to be a scientist and the impact of climate campaigns including the work of Swedish, teen activist, Greta Thunberg on how Energy companies work today to help save the planet. Thank you so much Lillia. You were and are amazing!
Based on the best-selling book and Netflix film ‘They Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’, I narrated the story of William Kamkwamba, who, at age 13, found an unconventional way to save his family and village in Malawi from famine
We also looked at a few young innovators who believed in their inventions to make the world a better place
Finally, some of us equipped ourselves with some drinking straws and duck tape to carry out a hands - on inventive activity!!