March 23, 2017 2:49 pm

Four Lincoln UTC students won best presentation in the Royal Navy University Training College Young Engineers Challenge – Operation Amphibious Angel 2017, held last Thursday (16 March) on HMS Sultan.

As well as winning the best presentation – Year 12 students Nathan Bailey, Sam Baxter, James Beaumont and Hayden Laughton, who formed Trident Tested, also came second in the main competition, in which they had to design a remote-controlled vehicle capable of operating on land and water, negotiating dangerous debris and retrieving vital supplies from a safe location and deliver them to an island in need of help.

Seventy teams competed in the Challenge, which took place in an aircraft hangar normally used by Air Engineering Technicians from the Defence College of Technical Training’s Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School (RNAESS). In between competing, the students were given the opportunity to look at several aircraft and a range of interactive displays around the arena. In addition, attendees were given tours of marine engineering training facilities used by the Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE) including Diesel Engines and thunderous Gas Turbines.

Dan Lewin, Head of Engineering said: “The students worked extremely hard as part of a close knit team to produce a high quality product. They have surpassed all our expectations by taking the project and running with it with minimal supervision. Through this they have developed excellent team working and project management skills. We are delighted that all of their hard work paid off and they delivered the best presentation during the finals and came second in the overall competition, which is amazing!”

Charles Parker, CEO of UTCs said: “It is great to see 18 UTCs sending 212 students to this event and I know they have been working really hard to get ready for it. The RN UTC Engineering Challenge is an excellent example of the practical application of the theoretical learning they have done in school. We are very grateful for all the support the Royal Navy provides, running this programme for so many UTCs and local schools.”

Assistant Chief Of Staff Training, Commodore Andy Cree Royal Navy said: “The Royal Navy is proud to support the UTC Engineering challenge at HMS Sultan. The event is about inspiring the engineers and scientists of tomorrow and encouraging innovation.   It enables the Royal Navy to highlight the variety of exciting roles and opportunities available to engineers, not just within the Royal Navy, but across the whole engineering and scientific community, which in turn, is helping to build a better future for the United Kingdom.”

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