Hitchin student's team ski to victory in Swiss Alps
By HitchinPeople | Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 15:28
A Hitchin school student was part of the winning team in a
nation-wide engineering competition which sees engineers and school children
travel to the Swiss Alps for an educational ski trip.
with civil engineering. With the goal of helping youngsters gain a better
understanding and get some hands on experience of civil engineering. The event
forms part of ICE’s dedicated pre-19s programme to engage people at school age
in the profession.
More than 30 children participated in this year’s
competition. Teams were asked to construct a wind generator, a house and
produce sustainable energy, reflecting the pressing need to shift from a
reliance on fossil fuel energy generation to low carbon alternatives.
The winning team billed themselves Hurricane and included
local student Benjamin Reynolds (aged 7) from Kingshott School in Hitchin. His
team mates included students from Rutland, Maidstone and Kent.
Team tutor, retired engineer Alan Davies said, “The scoring was
heavily weighted in favour of the performance of the wind generator, and
Hurricane's was by far the best in terms of speed and voltage generated. Given
the limited time available, and the fact that some of the equipment had to be
shared with other teams, this was a very good achievement.”
ICE organiser Richard Armstrong said the ICE & Snow
scheme is all about changing perceptions. “It is extremely important to create
an understanding of what civil engineering is all about among our youth if we
are to attract the right talent into the profession in later years. There are
some major challenges ahead that will rely on civil engineers coming up with
sustainable and innovative solutions; it is a very exciting time to become a
civil engineer. Hopefully by combining skiing with engineering challenges we
can show them it can be fun and maybe encourage some of them to consider it as
a career prospect.”