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Royal Navy supports young engineers in the fast lane

1 February 2018
The Royal Navy is supporting young would-be engineers from Newton Abbot taking part in a national competition racing model cars they have created.

This is part of the government’s high profile national campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers and technicians during the Year of Engineering 2018 of which the Royal Navy are playing an active part in.

Newton Abbot College’s Year 7 students (11-12) were the first in the South West region to use the BBC micro: bit mini-computer, to complete the ‘Race For The Line’ challenge.

The racing car project also comes under the government’s on-going STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) initiative in conjunction with the Royal Navy and other partners.  STEM events aim to address the national shortage of scientists and engineers with the Navy especially interested in recruiting engineers.

Race overseer, Lieutenant Paul Youngman (Royal Navy), said: “It is great to see all of the students getting involved; this is the right age to capture an interest in STEM subjects and projects like the ‘Race For The Line’ event positively promote these important curriculum subjects.

"The Newton Abbot students were excellent and we really did ignite their enthusiasm!”

The practical learning made the ideas of aerodynamics easier to understand and it was great to take our learning out of the classroom. Having the Royal Navy here was very exciting and it has all been so much fun!

Daizie-Mae Blyth, Student

Students used their lessons investigating aerodynamics, speed and acceleration to create foam cars that were raced in inter-class competitions with the help of the Royal Navy.  The rocket-powered vehicles were raced through a series of time gates, providing data for further science and maths lessons.

Newton Abbot College is one of over 400 schools nationwide to have signed up to the initiative, which will see winners of the heats compete at over 40 regional finals held at armed forces bases nationwide in April with Devonport hosting the south west event.  The Royal Navy is overseeing, judging and managing the races in region to ensure all is conducted fairly.

Student Daizie-Mae Blyth said: “Creating the racing cars in lessons was really fun.  It took about four lessons to finish them and get them ready for racing.

"The practical learning made the ideas of aerodynamics easier to understand and it was great to take our learning out of the classroom.  Having the Royal Navy here was very exciting and it has all been so much fun!”

The Royal Navy offers world class validated and professional training to its engineers (officers and ratings including reservists) with highly motivated and innovative engineers at the heart of worldwide operations. Royal Navy engineers have excellent career prospects both within and later outside the service.

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For more details on the Year of Engineering 2018, visit www.yearofengineering.gov.uk

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