Young engineers go head to head at Midhurst


Budding engineers have gone head to head in a special challenge at Midhurst Rother College (MRC).

More than 40 students from MRC, Durrington High School, Littlehampton Academy, The Academy, Selsey, Shoreham Academy and Mill Chase at Bordon were given engineering kits and told to put together a radio-controlled car primed to race at speeds.

Then they met on MRC’s tennis courts and battled it out in a test of control and endurance on a testing obstacle course.

“Students pushed the limits of their ability and their vehicles, creating a high-octane and focused atmosphere as they battled it out,” said Scott Atkinson, head of art, design and technology at MRC.

“It was clear that a lot of work, care and dedication had gone into each vehicle.”

The day had started with a team-building activity, challenging students to assemble a remote-controlled ‘micro-robot’ to play football against another school.

Using the materials provided, teams enhanced their chances of scoring by designing and making a device that pushed and scooped the ball into the opponent’s goal.

Microrobots with the most goals went into the final, which was a hard-fought battle between Midhurst and the Littlehampton Academy, with MRC the eventual winners on penalties.

“For all the students involved this was a fun and dynamic introduction to the principles of engineering and team work,” said Mr Atkinson.

Medals were awarded to Mill Chase pupils who came first overall, Durrington High School for the modifications made to increase the speed of their car and MRC students received the prize for winning the microrobot football and controlled manoeuvreability around the obstacle course.

Sarah Andrews of STEM Sussex said: “It was an excellent event from start to finish and the students were all totally absorbed from beginning to end.”