Midhurst Rother College up for engineering award

Fons Oomen, Bethany Procter, Sam Hadnett and Rory Williams PICTURE BY JANET GIBBS SUS-150502-152811001
Fons Oomen, Bethany Procter, Sam Hadnett and Rory Williams PICTURE BY JANET GIBBS SUS-150502-152811001
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MIDHURST Rother College pupils are gearing up to represent their school in an exciting and prestigious national competition.

It is one of just six schools nationally to be selected to take part in the final of the The Young Engineers School of the Year Award 
at The Big Bang Fair, to be held at the NEC, Birmingham in March.  

Registered charity Young Engineers chose MRC from its 600-strong school network.

It was chosen on the merit of deserving recognition for the work it does in promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), to its students and the wider community.

A team of four students will represent the college, and will be expected to present projects they have worked on in term-time to the panel, while engaging the public with demonstrations and information about their produce from their base on a specially-built stand at the fair.

Awards on offer include Young Engineers School of the Year, Young Engineers Leadership Award for the most outstanding teacher and Young Engineers Student of the Year, with a prize of £1,000 for the winning school.

One aspect of the MRC young engineer initiative is participation in the Greenpower Education Trust’s annual project which involves building two electric cars, to be raced at Goodwood Motor Circuit on April 19.

This is a joint enterprise with children and young people’s services partnerships at West Sussex County Council.

The project comprises students involved in the WSCC project last year and the STEM club at Midhurst Rother College.

The design and technology department, led by Mr Scott Atkinson, has enlisted the support of two STEM ambassadors.

Dan Sneller, a local engineer enthusiast, has five years’ experience of racing electric cars and will share his skills 
and expertise with students at MRC in what is set to be an exciting time for everyone involved at the college.