On Friday, 30 June 2017, thirteen schools and two sea cadet groups, comprising five students per team, competed in four heats, with the victors being put through their paces in a final race.
This annual competition takes place at QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin at Haslar, and is organised and hosted by a group of the company’s graduates. This year’s event was attended by a number of VIPs, including Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport, Lee on the Solent, Stubbington & Hill Head.
Andy Dinsdale, Senior Programme Manager, QinetiQ, said: “This event is a great way to get youngsters really excited and inspired about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). They use and gain a variety of skills when researching and building their model powerboat, in subjects such as naval architecture, physics and electronics.”
Part of the competition includes the creation of a poster describing their design process and explaining why they chose certain elements. Representatives from sponsors IMarEST, Royal Institution of Naval Architects, the Smallpeice Trust, the Royal Navy, and STEM Learning, examined the teams’ concepts before judging their boats and awarding prizes.
Chris Richardsen, Principal Consultant Experimental Hydrodynamics, QinetiQ, said: “The challenge provides a rare opportunity for the next generation of engineers and scientists to experience the technical challenges they will face during their careers. The event is always a great deal of fun, with more than a few boats colliding or sinking. It’s all part of the design process though, and really brings science and engineering to life.”
Warsash Sea Cadets
Chamberlayne College for the Arts
Smallpeice Trust Best Engineering Award
Alton Convent School
IMarEST Innovation Award
RINA Best Teamwork Award
Lord Wilson School