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Blundell's engineers star in the South West

Published Tuesday 4th of June 2013 03:37:41 PM

Young engineers from Blundell's School have beaten other South West schools in a competition to find innovative solutions to engineering problems for local businesses.

The competition is part of the nationwide Engineering Education Scheme (EES) run by the Engineering Development Trust which involves teams of Year 12 students working closely with engineers and academics for six months to solve real life problems based on the needs of local companies. The team from Blundell's, Oliver Pritchard-Barrett, Elliot Finch and Gabriel Cheung, worked with global electronics company TDK-Lambda UK. They were set the task of designing and making a bench top wind tunnel for testing power supply units under variable temperature and laminar air flow speeds.
The team spent six months researching and designing the wind tunnel, including three days at Plymouth University on the residential part of the EES. In a very intense contest, they had to submit their report for the judges' scrutiny, give a 15 minute presentation and an in depth interview to test their understanding and impressed the judges to secure overall first place in the competition.

Meanwhile, Oliver has won the top prize in another competition. He entered an extension lead for use in the construction industry, which he designed as part of his Design and Technology AS project, in the North Devon Manufacturer Awards for schools. In front of an audience of 200, including representatives from many large manufacturing companies, and up against more than 60 entries from other schools, Oliver was awarded the top prize of a cut glass trophy, a certificate and a £100. The judges described his extension lead as a very aesthetically pleasing and extremely innovative design that would be suitable for going into mass production.
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