Congratulations to members of Project 70, the newly-formed Engineering club who have taken part in their first competition. Three Sixth Form teams from Brooke Weston entered the Rotary Challenge, where they had to design and build a flat road bridging a ‘river’ and a drawbridge. Stallon Moni, David Hilton, Mack Lilley and Tyler Crawford worked as a team and their design and product came second out of 22 teams who showed up (out of 40 invited) to represent various schools from around the Northamptonshire county, winning them £10 WH Smith vouchers each.
Sam Tran, one of the co-founders of the club, said: ‘We have only met twice as Project 70. As this was our first competition, I just wanted the teams to get involved, learn and have fun with the possibility of doing the challenge seriously the next time. We did the advanced KS5 challenge. The organisers gave us materials including a single wooden dowel/pulleys, card, straws and plasticine to construct the models. It was a fast-paced environment and in times of great stress, we all had to pull together in order to put the final product on the table. I am very proud that one of our teams came second at our first go in this competition and also that everyone worked incredibly well as a team without any problems.'
Stallon said: ‘We started off by discussing ideas and drawing very rough, initial sketches and then went to build the models, which wasn’t without complications! The judges tested the bridges to see whether they could support a 1kg weight. They also put a barge underneath the solid one and a tall ship under the drawbridge to check the clearance. Teams were awarded points for the different categories of: drawbridge lifting, supporting weight on each of the bridges, and the portfolio/team-working abilities. We didn’t expect to get placed in the competition so to come second was quite an achievement. I wanted to take part in Project 70 in order to widen my horizon as I don’t have any experience in product design or technology. My studies are mainly science related so this is a new area with new challenges but I still thought I would be a good contributor to the team.’
Project 70 is an Engineering Club that is open to Sixth Formers after school on Wednesdays. They plan to spend more than 70 hours working on different projects that will enable students to qualify for the CREST Gold award.