Go4SET Celebration and Assessment Day, Thursday 22nd June
A record number of schools took part in this year’s Go4SET competition, with a total of 52 teams representing 34 schools from the Midlands region. The competition finally concluded with the Celebration and Assessment Day on Thursday 22nd June, held at the Ricoh Arena, and Ratcliffe had a record-high three teams in the competition, each made up of five or six students from Year 9. The most successful of our teams, Harry’s Hysterics, made up of Harry Cusack, Kristian Brocksopp, Sam Seidu, Alex Tyszka, Jonathan Bellamy and Ben Chilton, produced an excellent My School is an Island project that was very well received by the judges and other students in the competition. Indeed, Harry’s Hysterics made such a good impression, perhaps due to their fantastic working model, that they advanced through to a second elimination round. Unfortunately, they were not able to go any further than this in the competition, but all students should be very proud of their efforts. The second team, Archie’s Angels, made up of Archie Heaney, Annabel Mills, Ihuoma Osuji, Eisha Patel, Rebecca Davies and Lucy Antill, devised a truly original Eco-hotel project that was appreciated by many, in particular due to its thoughtful and considered approach to making the most of a disused oil rig. Well done again to the students for their hard work and effort throughout the ten week project. Congratulations, also, to our third team, Thomas’s Tank Engineers, made up of Thomas Leite, Guy Mills, Tom Page, John Wells and Timisayo Ajetunmobi, who worked on their Create Sport project to design a modern sports facility boasting the amazing capabilities of wind and solar power.
These various projects raised awareness of the importance of saving electricity, and the costs involved in doing so. The students worked together successfully in a team with mentor Dylan Vadher, an engineer from Rolls-Royce, which gave them an insight into how engineers work and the problems that they have to overcome on a daily basis. I hope that the experience will have opened up their eyes to the importance of Science, Engineering and Technology, and the significant roles that these subjects play in the world that we live in.
Thomas’s Tank Engineers