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Budding engineers at Blundell's

Published Thursday 24th of May 2012 02:03:08 PM

Four year 12 pupils from Blundell's School in Devon have just completed a six month engineering project with local engineering firm SUPACAT. The company, which designs impressive world class high-mobility vehicles, had been commissioned by the RNLI to design a vehicle to launch and recover their lifeboats. The boys were given the brief to design an engine bay handling system for this vehicle. The engine bay plus attachments (weighing approximately 2.5 tonnes) would be safely removed and stored exposing the engine for maintenance. A written report of all the designs and research was produced by the team of Gary Abdoll (leader), Will Muirhead (report editor), Alex Holme (presentation) and Tom Golden (design leader) and sent away for assessment. At a Celebration and Assessment Day at Plymouth University, the team gave a 15 minute presentation to a panel of seven engineers from various industries and was also questioned about their design at their display stand. They achieved their Engineering Education Scheme certificates for the project and the scheme will help them when applying for University next year as it is widely respected and shows that the pupils were willing to put in that extra effort above and beyond their AS exams.
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