Monday, 10th October 2016
YOUNG engineers strike gold by winning national recognition.
YOUNG engineers have struck gold by winning national recognition for a project.
The pupils - Alec Cavell-Taylor, Patrick Moon, Jonathan Tanner and John Ashton - had to complete around 70 hours of project work to achieve the highest accolade in CREST, a UK-wide award scheme to support students' interest in science, technology, engineering and maths.
The challenge began for the
Patrick explained: "It had to be cheap to implement and could warn pedestrians of an approaching train on rural pedestrian level-crossings.
"After a number of setbacks, including a three-week delay after our residential workshop was cancelled due to flooding, we finally produced a prototype."
Drawing on Jonathan’s programming expertise, the team designed a piece of software that enabled them to detect a train, using Piezo hardware, up to two kilometres away. Coupled with a warning unit, it could successfully detect and notify pedestrians of approaching trains.
The boys presented their findings and final portfolio to a panel of judges with engineering expertise at the CREST final hosted at
Patrick added: "It was a great experience and we would all highly recommended it to any students considering an engineering degree."
Engineering teacher at Ripon Grammar School Mike Barker said: "I'm really delighted for the students. After their residential in