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Keen sailor Tanya Budd explains how, while still at school, she came up with the idea for a man-overboard system which can be operated by one person to rescue both conscious and unconscious people from the water. She also shows how, working with a sea-safety company, she adapted the design and the materials used to make it suitable for manufacture. She is now working to develop other innovative ideas while studying for an engineering degree.
First broadcast:
17 March 2010

Classroom Ideas

Could be used to demonstrate the development of an engineered product. The class could discuss how the initial design idea improved during the engineering process. They could also discuss why the final product was different from the design idea, for example for reasons of stability, cost, or ease of manufacture and use. Students could then review a design idea, identifying how it may need to be modified if it went into production.