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On 7 November, thirteen students from Year 10, 11 and 12 took part in an Engineering Challenge at Nottingham University. Students from three schools worked in teams to meet two different challenges on the day. The first challenge was to design and make a carrier for an egg that could be dropped from a height without breaking the egg. Our youngest cohort of students (named Egg and Chicks) actually came first in this challenge with an impressive design that was dropped from a top balcony within the university grounds. The egg managed to stay intact!
In fact, all of the designs from Trent students were successful, and the final decision on the winning team came down to design and material costs. Well done to Georgina Hammond, Sarah Smart, James Dyer, Amy Roberts and James Ashcroft.
The second challenge was to design a product that could be used by the elderly to enhance their quality of life. This was then to be presented to a team of Dragons. These were engineering professionals (including the President of IMEC) who had taken the time to come to the challenge to work with the students. All students came up with some amazing ideas and all presented with professionalism. Once again Egg and Chicks received a winning vote from the Dragons Den.
Design and Technology teacher Mrs Rigley who led the trip said, "The organisers and engineering professionals were all very impressed with the students and I have to say that they did the school absolute credit. I was very proud of them. They all behaved impeccably, and personally shook hands with everyone at the end to say thank you. We all had a really great day and the students have fed back that it has really helped them to make some informed decisions about future careers and opportunities."
Students who took part in the challenge: