TALENTED young engineers from a Rainworth school are celebrating after making it through to the final of a prestigious national competition.
The Joseph Whitaker Young Engineers club is one of ten clubs that are through to the final of the National Science and Engineering Competition, which is being held in London in March.
The club is run by teacher Phil Worsley and has already tasted success after being named East Midlands STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Club of the Year at the East Midlands Big Bang Fair last March and Most Interactive Club at Yorkshire and Humberside in June.
One of the projects which has been a major factor in the club’s success is the six-foot wind tunnel members designed and manufactured and use to test how aerodynamic car shell designs are.
They have sold this to education workshop company, ByDesign and it is now being used in schools all over the country to explain about aerodynamics.
Said Mr Worsley: “I am so proud of all the students in the group. They work through their lunches and after schools most nights of the week.
“We have a system that supports all students – they enter as Young Engineers on a probationary period and grow to become lead and senior engineers, who assist me with organising activities.”
All members of the group have recently achieved CREST Silver Awards - a nationally-recognised scheme that rewards students who have been involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Science) projects for their work on both the wind tunnel and their green-powered car, another of their creations which will also be on show in March.
Other projects include a 60mph paper aeroplane launcher, a water-powered bottle rocket launcher, a massive 3-D steady hand game, an air-powered rocket car project run in local primary schools and a battery-powered racing car for the Greenpower racing challenge.
Mr Worsley added: “The next three months are going to be challenging. We are working hard to sort all our amazing projects out and ensure they are working and also work out how we will present everything at the Big Bang Fair at the ExCel in London.
“We also need to raise £1500 to cover travel and accommodation expenses for the four days we will be there.”
The club are writing a blog as they work towards the competition in London. Follow it at www.josephwhitaker.notts.sch.uk/YE/
Pictured are club members, from left to right, James Edge (from ByDesign), Joel Sadler, James Cross, Joe Kibble (kneeling), Josh Tickle, Alex Taylor (back), Kristyn Hudson (front), Elliot Widgery, Will Whitlam, James McBrien, Connie Paulson, George Eves, Charlie Spencer (kneeling), Harry Wright and teacher Phil Worsley.