Ruth Amos, age 27, is an award winning Inventor, Entrepreneur and Maker of Things. Ruth started inventing whilst still at school and during her GCSE project created ‘The Stairsteady’ (a mobility device) which is sold internationally. Winner of Young Engineer for Britain in 2006, Ruth works on a variety of creative engineering projects and designs and builds crazy contraptions; from a flame-throwing piano to a superhero suit that fires custard. Ruth is passionate about highlighting to young and old the importance of STEM and is regularly in demand as an inspirational motivational public speaker
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Inspirational and motivational speaker, Ruth Amos, is an Inventor, Entrepreneur, Edutuber, Managing Director of Stairsteady and co-founder of the #girlswithdrills movement. Ruth is also co-founder of YouTube channel ‘Kids Invent Stuff’.
After designing the StairSteady as part of her GCSE Resistant Materials Course, Ruth established StairSteady Ltd in 2006, she then went on to win Young Engineer for Britain 2006 with her design. The StairSteady is a mobility device to maintain independence and safety on the stairs. Following on from this success she took her product to market in 2008, it is now available through a network of Dealers in the UK and is available in Canada and the USA and parts of Europe.
Ruth’s passion and love of engineering inspired her and fellow inventor Shawn Brown to co-create a YouTube Channel ‘Kids Invent Stuff’ (as seen on The One Show, BBC News Online and Tomorrow’s World Live). ‘Kids Invent Stuff’ is the YouTube channel where 5-11 year olds have the chance to get their invention ideas built by real engineers. The channel is to give more primary school kids the chance to engage with real engineering projects and engage them in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). Children are encouraged to submit their ideas for inventions to solve a different challenge each month. Ideas can be submitted as drawings or videos and the most creative inventions are showcased on the channel. Each month one idea is built and tested on camera, with hilarious consequences.
An accomplished speaker and event host Ruth is living proof that engineering and science is not boring and every word she utters about business is pure motivational magic. Little wonder she is a hit on stage at educational and corporate events.
Awards and accolades:
“A wonderful delivery of an insightful and inspiring story which demonstrated our core messaging about rising to the challenge, and the need for more inclusivity of women in the engineering and manufacturing sector.” Marsh Commercial
“Ruth spoke at our “International Woman's Day Lunch” which was relaxed, very interesting and fun. Everyone had a great time and went away with thoughts of intrigue. 10/10 for Ruth” Indra Sistemas
“Ruth was amazing! She tailored her speech for our audience and was articulate and engaging, well prepared and arrived early. She blew our minds with the content regarding The Future of work! She knew her stuff and the presentation flowed really well across the five areas she touched upon. The audience were fascinated and one even went out and bought a book she recommended afterwards. Ruth is a fantastic role model for young women.” The Firm
“Ruth’s speech/presentation met all of our requirements and we found that she related with the audience very well…. Ruth made our students, staff and guests feel extremely motivated. She was very inspiring and everybody found her speech enjoyable and interesting…Overall, we were extremely pleased with Ruth’s speech.” Farnham Sixth Form College
“Personable and engaging. Ruth built a good rapport with the parents and young people in the audience. Ruth’s story showed how big dreams can become realised from small ideas. We wanted to show that at our school students could achieve in engineering. Ruth’s presentation brought to life a successful case study of how this can actually happen. The audience really enjoyed the entire evening with some parents specifically singling out Ruth as they’re highlight of the evening. we thought that Ruth’s overall performance was engaging and relevant.” Discovery School
“The Writing for a Competitive World workshop was a fantastic start to Post 18 applications for our students. Feedback from both staff and students was overwhelmingly positive and students found Ruth an inspiring presence.” Head of Sixth Form
“Ruth is a genuine inspiration, her performance was professional, warm and very specifically appropriate. Ruth connected her talk very well to the event, was highly personable and her style of delivery perfectly suited the occasion. Staff and students were very impressed both with Ruth’s story and her demeanour. A highly impactful presentation”Bournemouth & Poole College
“Writing for a competitive world – workshop’ ‘Interview Skills – workshop’ – The Writing for a Competitive World workshop was a fantastic start to Post 18 applications for our students. Feedback from both staff and students was overwhelmingly positive and students found Ruth an inspiring presence. We have booked again for next year.”King Ecgbert School
“Just a quick note to thank you again for the brilliant opening keynote for our summer school last week. You hit exactly the right tone and I received many positive comments afterwards from our students about being inspired by your talk. You explained the processes, the learning's and the issues about building the (any) business really well and to manage it so young was just amazing. So thanks for a great start to the summer school and for being a great inspiration to our students.” University of Surrey
“Thank you so much for coming to do our prize Giving on Tuesday evening. Your talk was truly inspirational and parents, pupil and staff have not stopped talking about you! May I take this opportunity to wish you continued happiness and success in all your endeavours and I hope it will not be too long before we welcome you again to St Catherine’s With renewed thanks and very best wishes Si Paula”
“Ruth personalifies the very essence of true Entrepreneurship..not satisfied with running a successful, flourishing, nationaly-recognised business based on a socially inclusive product she invented. She constantly strives to help and support others in business and education..an ongoing story as inspirational as she is to everyone she meets.” Director
“Engaging, Entertaining and Exceptional! Also professional polished, inspirational and knows her stuff. Fabulous role model.”
“Ruth Amos joined us at one of our events to lead a discussion on accounting for SME's, drawing on her experience. Her approach was refreshingly practical, dynamic, and inspiring. The feedback from all the young people was overwhelmingly positive. Ruth is a great public speaker and example to all budding entrepreneurs. We definitely hope to work with her again in the future.”
“Ruth was relaxed and confident in her speech; she has a warmth and openness that engaged our students. She also has so much energy and passion for what she does and has accomplished a lot for one so young. I was very pleased with Ruth’s visit, having someone who was so recently in our student’s shoes, to speak, undoubtedly made an impact. She also spent a lot of time talking to girls at the reception afterwards and I know they really enjoyed that.” Headmistress, Girls Senior School
Ruth’s inspiring and motivational Ted X Cambridge speech covers the story of StairSteady and Ruth’s entrepreneurial beginnings.
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