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Schools' Competition 2013: Call for entries and SEEDS

Annual Engineering and Technology Competition: 28th June 2013

This year we are once again pleased to invite you to enter our annual Engineering and Technology Competition which will be held in Chelmsford at the Rivermead Campus, Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, CM1 1SQ on Friday 28th June 2013.

The competition aims to encourage young people to take up a career in Engineering or Technology, and offers an opportunity to meet like-minded people in what we believe is a stimulating and fun environment.

There will be more than 25 prizes to compete for, donated by the Society and local businesses.

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Marconi Heritage Centre

Starting from discussions between a group of former Marconi Radar colleagues, over the past two years a set of online archives has been created covering the histories of the major parts of the Marconi company. By gathering in memories, and in many cases collected paperwork and artefacts, we have built up a lot of the story, but there are still gaps. To fill these in we want to spread the net so this is an appeal to anyone who worked for any part of Marconi to get in contact with us and donate what they have.

There is a possibility that within the New Street redevelopment we can create a physical Marconi Heritage Centre as we are now working with the BAE Heritage Product Committee who already support similar establishments. This means we can have a Chelmsford-based archive.

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National Big Bang 2013

My experiences at The Big Bang Fair - by Imogen, year 8 pupil at Felsted

My name is Imogen and I am 12 years old and last year, two of my school friends and I were lucky enough to have our project , relating to how effective hair straightening products are, chosen to be taken forward to represent the East Anglia region at the National Finals of the Big Bang Fair.  After learning this exciting news in July, we spent the next 8 months perfecting our project and taking our scientific tests even further to make sure that we were in the best position to compete with the other talented scientists from around Great Britain that would be making up this prestigious event.  We even arranged for a trip to a well-known cosmetics brand, to learn for ourselves what kind of tests big manufacturers did on their own products to ensure they were safe for the general public to use. 

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2012 Competition results

Category

Candidate(s)

Project no. and Title

Institution

Award

Y 7 – 9, Design

Emily James

57

Aspirin synthesis

Maltings Academy

Winner

Kayleigh Cardy

59

Making paracetamol and checking its purity

Runner-up

Rhiannon Moore

56

Effect of Temperature change on iodine clock

Highly commended

Y 7 – 9, Systems & Control

Lauren Coy, Tara Crees, Maisie Vingoe

11

Portable light for treatment of S.A.D.

Westcliff High School for Girls

Winner

Fay Randall, Connor Williams, Matthew Walton, Elizabeth Lorrimer-Robes, Molley Harriott

29

Obstacle course solving buggy

Tendring Technology College

Runner-up

Sabrina Singh, Ana Segupta, Jahnavi Lele, Sophie Harris, Heather Jones, Victoria Hasan

12

Design improvements to the school

Chelmsford County High School

Highly commended

Y 10 – 11 Design

Dom Corcoran

45

Mood light

St Martin’s School, Brentwood

Winner

James Carr

46

LED Desk light

Runner-up

Oliver Woollard

32

Surrealism inspired light

Beauchamps High School

Highly commended


Y 10 – 11 Systems & Control

Oliver Kesterton

49

Table tennis scoreboard

K.E.G.S.

Joint winners

James Murdey

48

Four-player quiz buzzer

Simon Brackley

27

Electronic snooker scorer

Tendring Technology College

Runner-up

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2010 Competition results

Category

Candidate

Project

Institution

Award

Y 7 – 9, Design

Kerri Crockford

Louise Moss

31

Electric free amplifier for iPhone/MP3

Hylands School

Highly Commended

Gemma Frith

Abigail Graham

Lisa Wong

22

Rucksack that distributes weight evenly

Westcliff High School for Girls

Highly Commended

Rachel Watts

Lauren Saunders

32

A cloche frame made from fizzy drink bottles

Hylands School

Highly Commended

Y 7 – 9, Systems & Control

Julia Gibb

Kelly Thompson

Sana Chaudhry

Nathalie

     Woodford

21

Medicine dispenser that prevents overdose

Westcliff High School for Girls

Winner

Y 10 – 11 Design

Simon Potter

19

A classic occasional table design revisited.

Tendring Technology College

Winner

Jake Tyrrell

11

A garden mood light

St Martin’s School

Runner-Up

Kiera Sherlock

12

A mood light with personal effects storage

St Martin’s School

Highly Commended

Josh Wright

20

A table formed from sculpture and function.

Tendring Technology College

Highly Commended


Y 10 – 11 Systems & Control

Samuel

   Searles-Bryant

2

Electronic die

KEGS

Winner

Richard Cooke

4

DJ Battle mixer sound system

Colchester High School

Runner Up (joint of 3)

David Wood

36

Electronic die

KEGS

Runner Up (joint of 3)

Alex Lambert

35

Electronic metronome

KEGS

Runner Up (joint of 3)

Matthew Davies

3

Swimming reaction timer

Colchester High School

Highly Commended

Y 12 – 13 Design

Alex Fountain

18

A modern take on the classic art easel

Tendring Technology College

Winner

Charlotte Snow

14

Baby play mat with activities set out like a puzzle

Tendring Technology College

Runner Up

Jamie Marshall

15

Work station for 5-10 yr-olds.

Tendring Technology College

Highly Commended

James Dixon

25

Feature table - Ash & MDF

Braintree sixth form

Highly Commended

Ben Coughan

26

Shelving unit, oak & chrome supports

Braintree sixth form

Highly Commended

Y 12 – 13 Systems & Control

Matthew Mooney

38

Stable bike

Great Baddow High School

Winner

Kate Bannatyne

Timothy Spence

Fraser Hubbard

Nathan Turner

9

Automatic rain cover for equipment used in the field

St Martin’s School,

Runner Up (joint of 2)

Ciaran Sanford

Lewis Chatt

Thomas

    Zollinger-Read

1

Battery replacement buggy

KEGS

Runner Up (joint of 2)

Jamie Jones

16

Bath monitor for a baby

Tendring Technology College

Highly Commended

Ap-prentices

Daniel Wright

Tony Duck

Rhys Smith-Allen

Richard Simmonds

Ricky Zimmer

51

Mini ROV Project

Selex Galileo Limited

Highly Commended

Lewis Bourke

Lewis Hazell

Harry White

52

Safety Control system based on company products

ICS Triplex

Highly Commended

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Should I host the IET Faraday Challenge at my school?

By Bob Easby, Westcliff High School for Boys

I first attended a Faraday Challenge with a group of Year 8 students from Westcliff High School for Boys on a cold January day in 2012. I was initially impressed at how a school hall, full of 36 excited 13-year-olds suddenly fell silent when the Faraday presenters began describing the day's challenge. The mood hardly changed with all the teams working diligently in, what for 13-year-olds, seemed to be total silence for the whole day. The boys were so enthusiastic on the way back to Westcliff that I resolved to try to host the event the following year.

Find out more from the IET website

Faraday Challenge Days are one-day STEM activities developed by the IET for six teams of six students aged 12-13 years for secondary schools, and also available for self-delivery in primary schools. The challenge days take place over approximately a six month period at schools throughout the UK.

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2011 Competition results

Category

Candidate

Project

Institution

Award

Y 7 – 9, Design

Hermione Grafton.  Sue Springall.  Chrissy Waymark.

Chloe Spriggs

13

Shock wave absorbent phone case

Westcliff High School for Girls

Highly commended

Y 7 – 9, Systems & Control

Daniel Still.  Joseph Wheater

26

Design mode of transport for < £10

King Edward VI Grammar School

Winner

Ashleigh Jerman.  Manon Sowerby.  Tara Crees.  Maisie Vingoe

11

Dental hygiene product

Westcliff High School for Girls

Runner-up

Y 10 – 11 Design

Katie Hamilton

18

Light made from recycled CDs

Beauchamps High School

Winner

Chloe Duce

34

Classical design meets modern

multi-functional furniture

Tendring Technology College

Runner-up

Sam Hill

41

Drum kit storage system

St Martin’s School

Runner-up

Owen Mathias

40

Mood light

St Martin’s School

Runner-up


Y 10 – 11 Systems & Control

Ryan Jonson

24

Shake-to-roll electronic die

King Edward VI Grammar School

Winner

Y 12 – 13 Design

Lauren Tolliday

33

Bedside lamp switched off by placing a book on it.

Chelmer Valley High School

Winner

Michael Halls

36

Contemporary chair

Tendring Technology College

Runner-up

James Buck

14

Guitar strap clip

Great Baddow High School

Highly commended

Y 12 – 13 Systems & Control

Callum Hall.  Ahnya Harpur.  Nathan Archer.  Samuel Martin.

16

UAV with video feedback

Greensward Academy

Winner

Schools’ Showcase

Emily Latham.  Tim Tillett.

Mike Smith.

Anna McBride.  Ed Talboys.

84

F1 in Schools

St John Payne School

Winner

Laura Miles.  Fiona Hunter.  Rachael Broad.  Olivia Wilson.

81

Detect movement in a room and wirelessly communicate

Chelmsford County High School

Runner-up

Elizabeth Roberts.  Faye Randell.  Matthew Wolton.  Connor Williams.

88

Picaxe-controlled buggy to navigate around an obstacle course

Tendring Technology College

Highly commended

Ap-prentices

Chris Morris.  Mike Edwards.  Mike Mortimer.

60

Intruder alarm with wireless PIR sensor

Selex Galileo

Winner

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Schools' Competition - CCHS

On Friday 29 June 2012, the Chelmsford Engineering Society held its annual school/college competition and exhibition in which various students from different schools brought in their projects to show to judges and other technology enthusiasts. Each school/project was given a stall, time to organise themselves, and encouraging smiles from others around, but with more than 60 projects in the competition, it was bound to be a long day.

The projects on display representing CCHS included the Year 8 Go4SET Eco-Classroom, the Engineering Education Scheme projects and A-Level Product Design projects from Megan Copnell and Rebecca Shelford. Throughout the day judges came and went, not just inspecting our projects but inspiring us through their incredible experience in technology and impressive careers.

At the end of the day, once the judging was complete, everyone was summoned to a lecture hall and the price giving ceremony began, along with a motivating talk straight after. The G04SET team achieved a Highly Commended and the EES team in the Systems and Control category came runners-up in their age group.  These two groups will attended the Prize Ceremony on Saturday 14 July. Many thanks again to the Chelmsford Engineering Society for being so inspirational to our young engineers.

Written by a student from Chelmsford County High School for Girls

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Graduate's View - Jack

Should I Consider Engineering?

Find out more about what life in an engineering related career is like - and why you might like to work in an engineering company yourself.

Engineering. Sounds pretty dull doesn't it? That is until you start working in engineering. I am now a graduate in electronic engineering, and below I'll try to tell you how I managed to get a job that lets me work on some pretty awesome military equipment (don't ask I can't you...), travel round the world and get paid a good amount of money for it!

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