A team of engineers and designers from South Devon UTC won an award for the best design and build of a remotely controlled amphibious vessel at a national competition at HMS Sultan in Hampshire. Three teams made up of students from across the UTC had designed remotely operated vessels over the last few months using the leading edge equipment at the bespoke learning facility in Newton Abbot for 14-18 year olds. They competed against over 200 students in 53 teams in a simulated disaster relief exercise. Luke Warren, leading the team of victorious engineers said “We are delighted to be able to demonstrate how we have used our learning to create this vessel. To help design our vessel we used the DMAIC model. We began with defining problems we had with last year’s vessel and ensured that if we were to reuse parts of the design into the new vessel we wouldn’t experience the same problem. Once we designed the new vessel we analysed the design to see if anything could be improved upon but most importantly to see if the vessel design would achieve the task effectively. We were really pleased to win the award”.
Principal Ian Crews added “I was immensely proud of the dedication and drive of our students. For year 10 it was their first time at the challenge and they proved their focus and professionalism through a fantastic vessel that they adapted through the day to produce a commendable result. All of our students demonstrated the key traits of resilience and professionalism that we espouse at the UTC. We continue to go from strength to strength. If young people wish to join us in September of this year we do still have a small number of places remaining.”