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UTC Reading take home three awards following Royal Navy Challenge

HMS Sultan recently welcomed UTC students from across England recently to take part in the Royal Navy 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.

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.

15 UTC Reading students took part, forming three teams, and we were delighted to see each team bring back an award as follows:

  • Best design, 14-16 year olds: HMS Bismark
  • Valiant effort, 16-18 year olds: HMS Danger
  • Overall winners, 14-16 year olds: HMS Dumper

We are very grateful to Vehicle Livery Solutions Limited for provided our students with helpful materials, including vinyl wraps and logos, contributing to the fantastic designs of their vehicles.

Student Adam Maddox, member of team HMS Dumper, commented: "We really enjoyed the competition aspect of the event and it was really interesting to be able to speak to other students from other UTC's around the country. We are very pleased with the outcome and that all our hard work paid off."

Student Kieran Grove added: "The royal navy trip was a great experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of making the boat and then seeing it succeed."

With the event falling in British Science Week, 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 Baker Dearing Educational Trust, 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.”

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