Today is the first day of 3 day exhibition showcasing the work of this years Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) and Global Innovation Design (GID) students. As part of the Rio Tinto Sports Innovation Challenge the students undertake an intensive project development, having only 6 weeks to research, propose and produce a concept and prototype based around a key theme.
The Brief for this years challenge was to create an innovative product or sport associated with the Winter Paralympic Games and within one of four themes:
- Sport Engagement
- Extreme Sport
- Sports Protection
- Future Sport
There are 13 projects in total including among others:
- a flexible support system for the spine which immobilises the back after sever injury
- a suit that enables the user to slide on snow
- a concept sport where the participants row on ice
- a system to enable hemiplegic athletes to partake in speed skating
- a prosthetic limb for below knee amputee ski jumpers
The exhibition will run this week until Friday 14th February in the Main Entrance of Imperial College on Exhibition Road South Kensington.
A bit of fun for Friday, here’s a nice little animation, as part of the Science of Sochi series on the BBC Sport website, explaining the role technological innovations play in the Winter Olympics.
There are also animations on the body’s performance at extreme conditions, and the development of ski designs for different events.
Team GB Snowboarders Jenny Jones and Aimee Fuller are into the Semi-Finals of the Slopestyle event having just missed out on qualifying for the Finals directly.
Coverage of the opening ceremony begins at 3pm.
While we are bracing ourselves for another onslaught of wind and rain, Team GB’s Winter Olympic hopefuls in the sub-tropical climate of Sochi are gearing up for action as the first events have begun today.
First news from Sochi is that GB’s Jamie Nicholls has qualified for the Slopestyle (snowboarding) finals on Saturday and his team mate Billy Morgan has a second chance to make the finals through the semi-finals on Saturday.
Keeping the winter sports theme, check out this great cartoon from George Washington University. It’s a really nice way of demonstrating the great work that goes on within the Bioengineering Sector and trying to attract the next generation of young Bioengineers.
The 3rd round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup are underway in Miami and there are high hopes for the British Adaptive Sailors if the wind finally picks up to enable them to race. There are three disabled categories in the Sailing World Cup, 2.4mR, SKUD 18 and SONAR.
Racing for GB in the 2.4mR category are Megan Pascoe (currently ranked number 1 in the world) and Helena Lucas MBE (the 1st British Sailor ever to win Paralympic Gold). In the SKUD 18 category is the pairing of Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (Bronze medal winners at London 2012 and winners of 4 World Championship titles).
Well there’s no better way to start off the new Rio Tinto Sports Innovation Challenge (RTSIC) Blog than with a celebration, and we at the RTSIC are celebrating the news that Millie Knight has been selected as part of the Sochi 2014 TeamGB Winter Paralympic Ski Team. Millie is a visually impaired skier, racing with her guide Rachael Ferrier, at 15 years old Millie will be Britain’s youngest ever Winter Paralympian.
Millie was kind enough to take time from her training schedule to join in one of our Athlete Workshops as part of the Innovation Design Engineering course (run in conjunction with the RCA).