On 16 March, our amazing Young Engineers added another accolade to their growing number of successes – by picking up the top Senior Engineering Award at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, following the fantastic success of their community Rocket Project.
This is a prestigious national award and our youngsters fought off competition from around 500 other schools, catching the eyes of the celebrity judging panel, to clinch the top prize. Along with their on-going project to smash the sound barrier with their rocket cars, the group have also developed and produced a Rocket Car Launch Kit for other schools and community groups to buy and develop. The kit includes launch ends for firing the cars, timing gates, guide cables and model rocket cars to practice with.
On top of this, they’re using their expertise by working directly with other schools in workshops to develop Science and Engineering skills locally.
Electronics teacher Phil Worsley – who was recently nominated for the prestigious Clark Prize by the ERA Foundation – leads the group and is thrilled with their success.
‘It’s unbelievable what this team has achieved,’ he said. ‘We’ve been working collaboratively with the Bloodhound project to develop our own rocket cars, and now the Young Engineers have developed timing systems beyond what even Bloodhound are currently working with. We’ve even got the RAF interested in joining us.
‘Thanks to a £3000 grant from the Royal Society, we’ve been able to develop a ‘Rocket Community’ in the Midlands area and work towards our aim of smashing the sound barrier at Santa Pod Raceway in June.’
Sherwood MP Mark Spencer, who visited the school on 17 March, added:
‘It is amazing what they’ve done. There are people who have worked in Science and Engineering for a lifetime, and haven’t achieved what this young team have done recently. I’m enormously proud of what the Joseph Whitaker School Young Engineers have achieved for Technology and Science on a national level. I follow the group, and its former members, closely on Twitter and will be watching to see what they can do in the summer!’