The Rochester team with their Training Manager Gary Dawson and the INVISO gadget

Two separate teams of apprentices from the Company have been announced by Business Minister Mark Prisk as finalists in the ‘Breakthrough’ category of the Make it in Great Britain Challenge – a nationwide competition to seek out the UK’s next big pre-market products, processes and concepts.

From BAE Systems’ site in Rochester, Steve Costin, Simon Beck, Usman Iqbal and Emily Cheeseman were selected for their device ‘INVISO’, which will be displayed in the Make it in Great Britain exhibition at the Science Museum between 24 July and 9 September. This is designed to give a greater field of vision to paralysed or injured servicemen. It allows them to use a mouse or voice control to manoeuvre one of three cameras, connected to a screen. The aim is to give them an unrestricted view of the hospital ward, enabling them to see neighbouring patients and visitors, and to help with basic needs such as eating and shaving.

In addition, the ‘BedFlex’, a gadget developed by an apprentice team from BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire will also be on display in the Museum. Rebecca Wolfenden, Joseph Birks, Liam Smith, Jordan Hunter, Daniel Walker, Bradley Hodgeson and Samantha Freeman designed BedFlex for recovering amputees and critical care patients to take part in bed-based exercise to aid rehabilitation. Using an innovative attachment, BedFlex enables patients to secure resistance tubing to a stable object (such as the bed) without the risk of the elastic slipping or coming undone – a common problem with existing physiotherapy tools which use resistance tubing.

Business Minister Mark Prisk said: “The UK is full of creative manufacturing expertise, and I’m delighted that we are able to celebrate some of the best pre-market ideas through the Challenge.”

BAE Systems is also exhibiting its Demon ‘flapless’ unmanned air vehicle which was developed in conjunction with Cranfield University and nine other UK universities. Furthermore, Kai Burkitt, an Advanced Manufacture Engineer will support the Make it in Great Britain campaign as one of ’30 under 30’ manufacturing ambassadors.

Notes to editors

1.    About Make it in Great Britain

2.    Make it in Great Britain is a campaign that will challenge outdated perceptions and transform the image of modern manufacturing.

3.    Make it in Great Britain Challenge categories are:
•    Make it…Stronger
•    Make it…Smarter;
•    Make it…Sustainable;
•    Make it…Life changing; and
•    Make it…Breakthrough (for 16-21 year old entrants only)

4.    Make it…Breakthrough has been specifically designed for young people and entries and can conform to any of the other four categories. Ahead of the exhibition opening in July, members of the public will have a chance to vote on which of the finalists in this category they believe is the most significant innovation, with the winner securing a place in the Science Museum for the entire duration of the exhibition.

5.    The Business Secretary Vince Cable and Mark Prisk launched the Make it in Great Britain campaign at a stakeholder event in Central London attended by 150 of Britain’s manufacturers and trade associations in November 2011.

6.    The Make it in Great Britain exhibition is taking place at the Science Museum from 24 July to 9 September.

For more information, please contact:
Kate Watcham, BAE Systems
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 383550 / + 44 (0) 7793 420731

Faith Riding, Mischief PR
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3128 6571/ +44 (0) 7557 972625 

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Kate Watcham
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