Friday, 04 September 2015

Tour de France champion Cadel Evans is on his way to Methodist Ladies' College to generate some pedal power thanks to a Year 12 Physics student.

Jackie Bridgwood created the winning concept and video, addressing future power generation in an innovative and creative way.

Her video, Tap into the Future, explores harnessing the power of taps on mobile phones and other mobile devices.

She reveals that 6.7 trillion messages are sent each year: that's 220 thousand messages a second.

"So what if finger taps could generate power?" Jackie asks in her video. She goes on to explore the possibility of using the vibrations of the tap to generate power that would charge the device being used, or collecting the collaborative taps in an office building to power that building.

Technoloy giant, Seimens, says it instigated the FutuRide competition to highlight the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education and the future of engineering in Australia.

MLC will now receive the prize of four power-generating bikes worth more than $4,000, which will be presented to the College by Seimens' ambassador Cadel Evans in November.

Jackie's winning entry can be viewed below.