South Devon UTC has taken great pride in being involved, for the second year running, in the Engineering Education Scheme’s Industrial Cadet project. Participation and involvement in the project through to its conclusion automatically ensures that the students gain the Industrial Cadets Gold Award, something that is held in high esteem with future employers and higher education establishments alike.
This year, the college put together a group of six Year 12 students (Sammy Beaumont, Tyler Edmond, Thomas Guscott, Finley Lake, Chris West and Marshall Tozer) back in October and teamed them up with two mentors from the Royal Navy based in Plymouth. A problem was decided upon and the team embarked on an 8 month project which was due to be completed earlier this term. The problem that the Navy has, for years, had difficulty in solving is the clocking in process used on all of its 73 vessels worldwide, when they are docked in their respective countries around the world. The students decided upon utilising Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and looked at developing and coding a system that would inform a database of when personnel were on board the vessel or elsewhere. Running concurrently, other members of the team sought to produce designs of a physical display and, along with this, details of production of this display.
The project made steady progress throughout the winter and the team were able to research the best means in which to implement the new system and programme a Raspberry Pie to sync to an RFID card that they had sourced. This card could then be programmed itself and displayed the message that it had been programmed with when contacted to the scanner. Other members of the team were, at this time, devising a range of possible designs for the stand and the display whilst working out a means to attach the two via a mechanism with the ability to alter the angle for the comfort of the user. The project gathered momentum throughout February, but in March it came to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the team found themselves unable to meet up or use the facilities they had been using throughout the project to date. They are hoping to revisit and complete the project when the college resumes should time scales permit.
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