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Young engineers set to take on disaster relief challenge

UTC Reading students are making their final preparations ahead of taking part in an exciting engineering challenge.

On Thursday 17 March, HMS Sultan, Gosport will welcome youngsters from across the country to take part in the Royal Navy University Training College Young Engineers Challenge – Operation Amphibious Angel 2017.

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

A total of 70 teams will be competing in the challenge, with several of the teams enjoying the opportunity to experience 24 hours of naval life, including a night onboard HMS Bristol.

Themed around the Royal Navy’s role of providing disaster relief, the students have been 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.

15 UTC Reading students are taking part in the challenge, forming three teams. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to seeing how they get on.

STEM Coordinator Lewis Hutchinson commented: "This valuable challenge gives students the chance to develop key skills required to work in a modern day STEM career. They get to practise team working, problem solving and analytical evaluation as well as hands-on fabrication skills."

With the event falling in the middle of British Science Week, 10-19 March, it will give 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.

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