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Gower College Swansea students win hi-tech competition — and the chance of a Big Bang

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 19, 2014

Corey Nixon, Chantelle Simpson, Christopher Protheroe and Declan Wells.

STUDENTS with their eyes on the future have wowed judges with their technological skills.

Their invention has landed them a top Welsh prize — and a chance to represent the country at a major UK-wide event.

The futuristic foursome — Corey Nixon, Chantelle Simpson, Christopher Protheroe and Declan Wells from Gower College Swansea — have won the best working prototype category in the all-Wales Engineering Education Scheme competition.

The students have been working with manufacturing firm Tong Fang Global to develop a new way of sharing digital and analogue signals for its flat screen TV plant on Kenfig Hill Industrial Estate.

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And after presenting their prototype to judges at the Celtic Manor competition, the youngsters were crowned champions — and shortlisted to represent Wales in Big Bag event at the NEC in Birmingham.

Steve Williams, curriculum leader for electronics at the college, praised the digital technology students for their efforts.

He said: "I am so proud of the students and the professional way in which they represented our college.

"A total of 60 schools and colleges competed and we are now on a shortlist of just six.

"This is an exciting time for Wales as we re-enter the industry of making televisions and our students are delighted to be involved from the very start."

Tong Fang Global make flat screen televisions under the Seiki brand name.

The students' work has already been installed in the firm's Kenfig Hill factory.

Student Chantelle said: "We identified and researched a few options for the solution and then decided on the best solution to work with and investigated ways to further improve our idea.

"We then created a prototype for our best solution and took into consideration costs for equipment and accessories so that we remained within budget."

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