‘Champion’ team through to RNEC finals

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A ‘Champion’ team from UTC Swindon are the regional winners KS of the  Royal Navy Engineering Challenge (RNEC).

Youngsters from three UTCs – Swindon, Reading and Portsmouth – gathered at UTC Reading to compete in this year’s RNEC – Exercise Precision Recovery.

The Challenge aimed to inspire young people to engage further with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.  They had to design and build a remote-controlled vessel with the capability of recovering various items from the sea bed.

Prizes were awarded across Key Stage 4 and 5, with points being given for a presentation and performance of the vessel and recovery system.

‘Team JCL’ from UTC Swindon were the regional winners of the Key Stage 4 category with their vessel ‘Champion’.  This was a complex challenge and the students learned a great deal about time management, remote control technology and prototyping.

Sarah Crookes, UTC Swindon Engineering Teacher, said “ We are so proud of how well the team have done and what they have achieved. Their confidence has grown enormously by doing this challenge and we are really looking forward to the National Final in Leeds in November.”

Student Jake Kowalski said: “I loved the day and all the effort of getting to the start line paid off with the medals we won.”

We’re all behind the team for the finals!

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