Budding Engineers Rise To Create Sports Challenge

11th May, 2011
Schools from across the South West took part in the South West regional final of the Create Sport Challenge at the At-Bristol science centre on 5th May.

The winning team came from Penair School in Truro.

The Create Sport project was developed by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in partnership with Arup and the Engineering Development Trust (EDT). Supported by ICE President Peter Hansford, the challenge aims to raise awareness of careers in engineering amongst students planning their GCSE options.

For the past four months teams of 12-13 year olds have been challenged to plan, design and create a model for a new community sports venue in their area. They have been assisted by ICE Ambassadors, engineers from firms across the South West who volunteer their time to support young people interested in engineering.

Six teams from Court Fields Community School (Wellington), Penair School (Truro), Penrice Community College (St Austell), Thomas Keble School (Stroud) and Ridgeway School (Plymouth) which entered two teams, competed for a place in the national finals.

They presented their models and posters to judges and submitted a written report. They were then assessed on structure, aesthetics, sustainability, community aspects, end users, legacy and safety.

Penair School came up with a design for a fencing centre featuring a flexible gridshell roof. They also factored in plans to use rainwater for their stadium?s facilities.

Runners-up were Thomas Keble School from Stroud, with an innovative shell-shaped stadium with a colour changing roof that would capture or reflect heat depending upon requirements.

Trish Johnson, ICE South West Regional Director, said: ?We are delighted to have seen so much enthusiasm from our young competitors at our Create Sport event.

?The standard of the entries made judging difficult, but the innovative designs presented by Penair School and Thomas Keble School deserved their first and second place respectively.

?We are very grateful to all the teachers and ambassadors who have given up time to work with students and make this competition a success. We would also like to thank At-Bristol, Science Learning Centre, Two Seasons and Bristol University for their support of the event.?   

Both Penair School and Thomas Keble School were presented with sports bags for the team members, courtesy of Two Seasons, and two digital cameras each for the schools, courtesy of Bristol University. The six regional final teams were also treated to an exclusive science show by At-Bristol and had the opportunity to experience the attraction?s 300 interactive science and engineering exhibits, adding to the enjoyment of the day.

Penair School will now be short-listed for the grand final of the nationwide competition, which will take place in London on 27 June. The main prize for the national winner will be ?1000, with other prizes such as exclusive visits to major sports and engineering sites and signed memorabilia also up for grabs.