Ratcliffe College students take part in Go4SET 2015

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A group of six Year 9 Physics students took part in the science and engineering competition ‘Go4SET’, a nationwide scheme designed to get students involved with engineering projects. Their Eco-Hotel project was an inspirational piece of work, and was highly commended at the Celebration Event, held at The Roundhouse, Derby, on Tuesday 30th June 2015.

The Go4SET team, Emily Dunne, Luke Hodds, Isobel Hose, Poom Hirunwiwatkul, Sarah Curnick and Anthony Elumelu, enjoyed developing their ideas to invent a very special Eco-Hotel. They named the hotel ELIPSA, and through researching different types of renewable forms of energy, they were able to design a very futuristic and thoughtful model. Standing at 1km tall, ELIPSA uses both solar, wind and geothermal energy to generate its power, and also uses rainwater to cool the solar cells making them more efficient. These technologically advanced solar cells are a new transparent type, thus also acting as the hotel’s windows, allowing guests an amazing view of the surrounding landscape whilst making free electricity at the same time!

The project has raised the pupils’ awareness of the importance of saving electricity, and the costs involved in doing so. The students worked together successfully in a team with mentor Rob Jackson, an experienced engineer from the company 227 Environmental. The project has given the students an insight into how engineers work and the problems that they have to overcome on a daily basis.

The Go4SET team (minus Isobel, Emily and Poom who were absent on the Battlefields trip) pictured standing with their model.