Education News | South Wiltshire UTC Team Turtle runners up in Royal Navy challenge | Andover & VillagesA team of young engineers from South Wiltshire UTC were runners up in the recent Royal Navy University Training College Young Engineers Challenge – Operation Amphibious Angel 2017.

Team Turtle were runners up in the 14-16 year old category. The team was made up of Year 11 students Cian Quale, Harry Blackburn, Ben Matthews and Charlie Loveridge.

Five other teams from the South Wiltshire UTC based in Salisbury also took part in the challenge:

Vessel Spero Operatur – Cameron Alexander, Isaac Camisa, Callum Marsh, Jacob Johnson and Boneva Corby (Year 11)

HMS Whittle – Sam Waters, Lee Dickenson, Cameron Allison, Isobel Beaven and Charlotte Greenhow (Year 13)

Sitting Ducks – Daniel Waddington, Jordan Mann and Taylor Page (Year 11)

M.O.R. – Olivia Payne, Samuel Morgan, Yanouk Hennekens-Smith, George Stapleton and Samuel Webb (Year 10)

Unorthodox – Samuel Ryalls, Alex Parchment, Daniel Spooner and Harry Grannell (Year 10)

“Everyone at the UTC is very proud of every student that took part in this event,” said Principal, Joe Mulligan.

“Team Turtle did extremely well to come in as runners up which was just reward for the hard work they put in.”

Held in partnership with University Technical Colleges (UTCs), Young Engineers and BAE Systems, the challenge encourages young people to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

A total of 70 teams competed in the Challenge, with several of the teams enjoying the opportunity to experience 24 hours of naval life, including a night on board HMS Bristol.

Themed around the Royal Navy’s role of providing disaster relief, the students were tasked with designing a remote controlled vehicle capable of operating on land and water, negotiating dangerous debris and retrieving vital supplies from a safe location and deliver them to the affected island.

With the event falling in British Science Week, 10 – 19 March it gave everyone involved the chance to demonstrate how organisations such as the Royal Navy, UTC, Young Engineers and BAE Systems across the engineering industry are encouraging young people into STEM careers.

The Challenge was hosted within an aircraft hangar normally used by Air Engineering Technicians from the Defence College of Technical Training’s Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School (RNAESS) and in between competing, the students were given the opportunity to look at a number of aircraft and enjoy a number of interactive displays around the arena. In addition youngsters were given tours of marine engineering training facilities used by the Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE) including Diesel Engines and thunderous Gas Turbines.

Within a display of industry apprentices up to the age of 25, Royal Navy students from the RNAESS and DSMarE and the Weapons Engineering Training Group (WETG),HMS Collingwood were put up against teams from RAF Cosford and competition sponsor BAE Systems with Cosford’s team ‘Lateral Thinking’ proving the most efficient model.

A total of 11 prizes were presented across three categories to the teams taking part, with Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) Rear Admiral John Clink OBE presenting the overall winners awards.

Charles Parker,CEO of UTCs Said: “It is great to see 18 UTCs sending 212 students to this event and I know they have been working really hard to get ready for it. The RN UTC Engineering Challenge is an excellent example of the practical application of the theoretical learning they have done in school. We are very grateful for all the support the Royal Navy provides, running this programme for so many UTCs and local schools.”

Assistant Chief Of Staff Training, Commodore Andy Cree Royal Navy said: “The Royal Navy is proud to support the UTC Engineering challenge at HMS Sultan. The event is about inspiring the engineers and scientists of tomorrow and encouraging innovation. It enables the Royal Navy to highlight the variety of exciting roles and opportunities available to engineers, not just within the Royal Navy, but across the whole engineering and scientific community, which in turn, is helping to build a better future for the United Kingdom.”

Photo caption:

All the students from South Wiltshire UTC who took part in the challenge.

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