A team of young engineers from the newly opened South Devon University Technical College in Newton Abbot headed to HMS Sultan, Gosport, on 9 March along with other aspiring engineers from across the nation for an action-packed disaster relief challenge.
In Operation Antartica, students were tasked with designing a boat capable of negotiating dangerous ice flows and retrieving lost supplies from a mission zone in the Antarctic.
Budding design engineers from university technical colleges (UTCs) across England took part in the challenge
Following the competition, 11 awards were presented in the following categories: the most effective harbour clearance, best design and construction, best presentation, best valiant effort and best theme.
Out of the 35 teams that took part in the challenge, South Devon UTC came away with two prizes.
Lord Kenneth Baker, Chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, said: “I am delighted that so many students from UTCs across the country are competing today in Operation Antarctica. The competition offers a wonderful opportunity for students to apply the skills and expertise they learn every day at their UTC.
“Our country needs considerably more engineers and we welcome the support that the Royal Navy is giving to the UTC programme in helping to inspire the next generation.”
Winning Team of best presentation – (First Image: L-R)
Jessada Supha-Aksorn, Tom Cook, Frank Pascoe, Josh Dolan, Jamie Ridge, Dan Woolnough
Luke Warren Second Prize (Second Image)