Tuesday, 2nd April 2019
YOUNG engineers are given a lift
YOUNG engineers have been given a lift after displaying their technical skills in a hovercraft design challenge.
Two teams from
The annual project was hosted by Darlington’s
The contest enables students to gain an insight into the benefits of careers in engineering and the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths both in school and in further education.
Their brief was to design and build a working hovercraft, powered by a leaf blower, from insulation board and plastic sheeting including calculating the dimensions and proportions of the vehicle and taking into account the weight of the pilot. They also had to decorate the crafts before racing each other to determine the durability of their designs.
“This project has given them a real flavour of the engineering skills required in a design, manufacture and testing process and they have really risen to the challenge.”
Pupils were helped by student mentors from
Pilot for the Haughton Mad Dogz hovercraft Abigail Jones, 15, of
“We worked very well as a team and the craft evolved from all of our ideas as the day went on. The project is a great idea and we all got a lot out of it.”
After deliberation on design, presentation and race durability, first place was awarded to
Mrs Crowther said: “Our hovercraft challenge creates a real buzz for students. It really helps pupils to engage, improve their team work and communication skills and gain an insight into engineering as a future career.”
Deputy principal Laurence Job said: “Engineering is a key employment industry so it was very important for us to keep the project going.
“It is a great way to spark an interest in young people and help develop the skills of the young engineers of the future.”