STEM Ambassadors take students on engineering challenges

Published: 3 April 2019

Engineers of the future from throughout Sussex demonstrated their considerable skills in two special challenges, the annual Antweight Challenge and SlotTruck Challenge.

Supported by IMechE Automobile Division Southern Centre, organised by STEM Sussex and hosted by Ricardo at their Centenary Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea, these events are favourites in the STEM school calendar.

With guidance from STEM Ambassadors from Ricardo, students worked together in the Antweight Challenge to design and build robots from recycled materials which could compete in a series of contests, including football and sumo wrestling.

Davison C of E High School, from Worthing, took first place, closely followed by Shoreham Academy and Felpham Community College, Bognor Regis.

Meanwhile, almost 60 students spent a day planning, designing and building their own vehicles in the SlotTruck Challenge which was re-developed by a team of Ricardo placement students. Ricardo STEM Ambassadors again guided them through subjects such as gear ratios, aerodynamics and motors, and they had to conquer challenges including the speed test, wind tunnel and hill climb.

Seven schools each entered two teams of four, with the winning team coming from Chichester High School. The Regis School and the Academy Selsey took second and third places.

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