Over 100 students per day, from years 7 to 9 took part in the Solar Challenge as part of their Innovation Week.
Each morning, the students for the day were given a brief introduction about what Engineering Your Future is all about; their objective for the day and targets to achieve this, using innovative methods. Students were put into groups of approx 5.
The first task was to identify team responsibilities and discuss initial design ideas for their boat. The group then moved onto building, testing, modifying and redesigning. This demonstrated vital team working, demanding that they worked effectively with each other and were able to cope with problems that came up; some of which were completely out of their control, for example the weather.
Despite having a week of relatively bad weather for a solar boats challenge this project still ran smoothly; the limited sunshine gave pupils the chance to be innovative, for example ensuring maximum efficiency of the Powertrain, reducing drag, experimenting with their solar array. The students also used capacitors, charged by their solar panels.
Overall, the week in Campion was highly successful and the students were extremely well coordinated; they worked very well with each other to build their boats and race them against the clock on the EYF solar boat pond.