School powerboat designs are put through their paces

STUDENTS have put their designs to the test at the annual Powerboats Challenge.

Saturday, 8th July 2017, 6:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:42 am

QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin in Haslar, Gosport, was descended upon by 13 schools and two sea cadet groups.

Teams were invited to design model powerboats, which were then subjected to a grilling from the judges.

Part of the competition includes the creation of a poster describing their design process and explaining why they chose certain elements.

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The judges examined the teams’ concepts before deciding on a winner.

The overall winner on the day was Carisbrooke College from the Isle of Wight.

QinetiQ senior programme manager Andy Dinsdale said: ‘This event is a great way to get youngsters xcited and inspired about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

‘They use and gain a variety of skills when researching and building their model powerboat, in subjects such as naval architecture, physics and electronics.’