All members of 6th Class are passionate about bringing about a more sustainable environment, so when we heard about a 3-D printing competition to invent or adapt a product to help to improve sustainability, we enthusiastically set to work!
First, we looked at the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, talked about the ones we were most passionate about, and discussed ways in which we could do our bit to help to attain these goals.
We then set to work and, after much design and re-design, submitted our projects for the Science Foundation of Ireland’s 3-D printing competition, ‘Shape the Future’, which was open to both children and adults across the Republic of Ireland. The judges commended the standard of all of our submitted projects.
Gilles Doran O’Reilly, inspired by a GOAL workshop we had that talked about the impact of water shortages and drought in Ethiopia, developed a water filter that could be 3-D printed, minimising transport costs and ensuring it was as intricate and effective as possible. His project was shortlisted, and, after a week of online questioning by pupils from other schools, he was voted the winner!
Gilles now receives €500 to use to promote sustainability and will get his idea 3-D printed!
Gilles has been working through the design process with Dr Ronan McCann from UCD and will continue to do so in the new year. Below is a description of Gilles’ winning idea along with a diagram of the proposed final product. Needless to say, we’re all very proud of him and we’re excited to see what happens with the water filter in the future!
Portable Water Filter Cup by Gilles Doran O’Reilly
My idea is a portable water filter cup which will give people in poverty clean water to drink. This cup would also work in situations like in Ireland where we have boil-water notices.
I got the idea for this design from a Goal visit in my school (Goal is a global charity who come to my school every year), I decided to make a design to help people who don’t have enough clean water to drink.
The design will incorporate five filters, each with a series of holes in it. Going down, these holes get smaller, taking the larger particles of dirt out. The filters are all punctured upwards so they can accumulate dirt and residue at the base of each filter plate.
There are ultra violet LEDs in the bottom of the cup to take out the harmful bacteria that the filters cannot remove.
The cup has the potential to stop diseases and save hundreds of lives.
There is a metal straw that goes through all the filters, with an opening 0.5cm from the bottom, to stop the sediment from being sucked up. Although it would be harmless it would be less than pleasant. The metal straw is available in many shops so it’s also sustainable.
The dimensions are: Height: 14.5cm, Top width: 9cm and Bottom width: 6cm.