Students board ship for Royal Navy challenge

Eight teams of Heathrow UTC students took part in the final of the UTC Royal Navy Challenge 2017.

Held in partnership with University Technical Colleges, Young Engineers and BAE Systems, the challenge encourages young people to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

Themed around the Royal Navy’s role of providing disaster relief, the students were tasked with designing 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 the affected island.

Following the first round of the competition where students were required to submit their design proposals, eight Heathrow UTC teams were selected to go forward to the final. Following weeks of intense manufacturing and modifications, the teams loaded their amphibious vehicles and travelled to HMS Bristol, where they spent the night on board the ship in Navy cabins.

The next morning, students travelled to HMS Sultan where the competition took place. The experience provided a unique opportunity to meet and speak with staff and students from other UTCs across the country, resulting in a highly enjoyable and educational day for students.  As well as the competition, there were stands giving careers advice and information and some very interesting articles about the design and testing of various aircraft and sea vessels.

Although Heathrow UTC unfortunately didn’t win the competition, we were very proud of our students’ efforts and their innovative designs. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we look forward to entering the competition again next year.

Listen to the BBC radio coverage of the event.