A cooling cascade of carbon dioxide, to refresh clubbers when they leave the dance floor, was the winning idea in BOC's Inspiring Gases Challenge 2009 which took place at the company's UK headquarters in Guildford, Surrey.
The Sixth Form College, Farnborough, beat off stiff competition to take this year's trophy and cash prize.
The competition invited school students in Year 12 (16-17 year olds) to design a product that events management companies could use to create a 'wow' factor. The only stipulation was that it should use one of BOC's industrial gases. In the event all the finalists used carbon dioxide in one form or another.
The Challenge is designed to introduce students to the business world of science and engineering. BOC, a member of The Linde Group, is the UK's largest provider of industrial gases and related equipment. The Inspiring Gases Challenge requires participants to develop a business plan and to study their potential market, in addition to designing a product.
The 2009 Challenge was linked to the Licence to Thrill project which aims to provide a range of services to events management companies. Adam Jennings-Frisby, the head of BOC Sureserve, which controls the project, explained how important the business element is. "We wanted the students to understand that science and engineering have practical application in today's society. That means an understanding of markets and business strategies. We are pleased to see such strong entries from our schools and how well these scientists and engineers of the future had grasped the fundamentals of the scientific and business case."
BOC Sureserve is a trading name used in the UK by BOC. It is the leading provider of dispensing gases to the UK hospitality market, providing a comprehensive 'one stop' service to over 53,000 licensed outlets - mainly bars, pubs, clubs, hotels, restaurants and leisure outlets throughout the UK.
BOC is a member of The Linde Group. An industrial and speciality gases provider, the company supplies compressed and bulk gases, chemicals and equipment.
For more than a century the company's gases and expertise have contributed to advances in many areas of everyday life, and industries including steelmaking, refining, chemical processing, environmental protection, wastewater treatment, welding and cutting, food processing and distribution, glass production, electronics and health care.
The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company with almost 52,000 employees working in around 100 countries worldwide. In the 2008 financial year it achieved sales of EUR 12.7 billion. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards sustainable earnings-based growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment - in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com
The Inspiring Gases Challenge involves schools and colleges around the Surrey area developing a product using industrial gases. This year's competition began in October with the final being held at BOC's Guildford site on 25 March.
The three schools that took part in the final were:
" Godalming College
" Surbiton High School
" The Sixth Form College, Farnborough