“Design and build a stealth boat, balancing the benefits of speed versus sound in a cost effective manner”.
What a challenge, and one that was relished by the 2 teams sent from All Saints School to participate in Atlas Elektronik’s and the Smallpeice Trust’s celebration of British Science Week.
12 schools provided teams of 3 year 9 pupils who were then teamed up with another school, Atlas Elektronik then provided an Engineer each to guide them through the process. Finished products were then taken to a specialised testing tank where boats had to travel in a straight line, undetected. Results were then compared, judgements made and winners announced.
One All Saints team were joined by pupils from Queen Elizabeth School in Wimborne to become “Queen All Saints”. Their boat successfully travelled in a very straight line and barely registered on the sonar. The nearly all girl team have each won a place on a 4 day residential STEM course at Portsmouth University, run by the Smallpeice Trust. The other All Saints Team joined the team from The Swanage School and their boat achieved runner up.
Lolly Wright, who also won additional recognition for Innovation, said of her day:- “Thank you to all the organisers for such a great day. Engineering is not something I had really considered as a career but this has certainly opened my mind to that. I can’t believe our prize is a residential trip where we are to spend 4 whole days doing the same but on a much larger scale, that’s really exciting. It was also good fun to work with another school as a team, rather than as an opposing team – I am looking forward to seeing them again in Portsmouth.”
Miss Lloyd, Science Teacher and Year 9 Tutor, says “What a great day we all had, I really hadn’t realised there were such high tech companies right here on our doorstep, and to watch our pupils win the top prize and runners up was great to see and made me very proud. When I think of “Engineering” I have always thought welding, machine tools and maintenance, an introduction to Atlas made me realise it’s also about software, design, hardware, systems and so much more.”