Wednesday 19th June 2019

YOUNG ENGINEERS

SOLAR POWERED WINNERS AT PLAS MENAI

Thursday 21st June saw the regional final of the Solar Powered Race Boat competition at the Plas Menai Regatta Day Event in North Wales. Woodchurch had two teams entered, one from year 7 and one from year 8. Both teams had been working on designing, developing and manufacturing the boats since before Christmas. The object of the competition is to develop and race a boat that is powered by an ECO friendly source, in this case solar power. The pupils have been working, in their own time, at lunch times and after school to develop their boats. Early on in the competition they managed to raise some money from Cammell Laird to help fund the project.

Race day involved a series of test runs followed by qualifying. The fastest teams then raced three times to achieve an average best time. The teams were also judged on their design and development work as well as team work.

At the end of the day the teams from Woodchurch came away with;-

  • “Best Team”
  • “Best Senior Solar Boat”
  • “Overall 2nd in the regional final”

A big thank you to Cammell Laird for their support and Well-Done to the pupils for all their hard work.

ENGINEERING WINNERS AT CUMMINS ENGINES

Sunday 24th June saw the National Final of the “Engineering Your Future” finals at Cummins Engines at Daventry, Nothants. This is an engineering based competition where the pupils have to design, develop, build and race scale model cars, both petrol driven and electric. Woodchurch entered a car in each category, with pupils from years 9, 10 & 11 involved. The pupil s had been working on the cars, at lunch times and after school since October last year.

The day’s events involved a practice session followed by three races with a five minute gap between each race, to allow for repairs or modifications. The car with the most laps winning the Grand Prix award. The teams were also judged on their engineering, development and manufacturing skills, with the pupils talking to judges about their work.

At the end of the day the Woodchurch teams came away with:

  • “3rd most laps” with the petrol car
  • “2nd overall” with the petrol car
  • “Best Engineered car” with the electric car
  • “Overall Winners” with the electric car
  • A big “Well-Done” to the pupils for all their hard work.

Also, as a result of our performance on the Thursday at Plas Menai, the Woodchurch solar powered boat teams were also invited to the race day at Cummins Engines. One year 7 and one year 8 pupil from the Thursday event attended the Sunday event, where they took part in some demonstration races as well as competing against the other schools at the event.

At the end of the day the Woodchurch Solar team came away with:

  • “Longest Running Boat”
  • “Best School Working as a Team”
  • A big Well-Done to the pupils for their hard work.