Girls build their way to victory

Students at Rugby High School.
Students at Rugby High School.

A team of sixth form students from Rugby High School has built their way to victory at an engineering show.

The team - Meg Facey, Eva Woodbridge, Grace Farmer and Tayma Ferriera - worked with a mentor, Tim Kyte, from local company the MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre) to complete their project as part of the Engineering Education Scheme.

The Engineering Education Scheme, Celebration and Assesment, for the Midlands that took place at the Cranmore Park Conference Centre, Solihul on Thurs
The team from the Rugby High School who are working with GE Energy on flow visualisation-possible ways to observe the passage of flow during a test.
They are, Nikita  Dheer (standing left), Kirsten Smith (standing second left), Charlotte Bailey (kneeling left) and Zoe Hart (kneeling right).

The Engineering Education Scheme, Celebration and Assesment, for the Midlands that took place at the Cranmore Park Conference Centre, Solihul on Thurs The team from the Rugby High School who are working with GE Energy on flow visualisation-possible ways to observe the passage of flow during a test. They are, Nikita Dheer (standing left), Kirsten Smith (standing second left), Charlotte Bailey (kneeling left) and Zoe Hart (kneeling right).

The scheme is run by the Engineering Development Trust and provides students with an in-depth experience in science, engineering and technology.

The winning team designed and built a robot that plays Connect 4, with the idea that it could be used to help patients with limited mobility while recovering in hospital.

The team went to Cranmore Park in Solihull last week where they won the award for best team at the show after presenting their project to a panel of senior professional engineers and the public.

Around 80 teams attended the event, including a second team from the school (Charlotte Bailey, Nikita Dheer, Zoe Hart and Kirsten Smith) who worked with mentors from General Electric (Martin Claridge, Tim Rice and Sarah Heaven) to redesign a test rig to help the company study steam turbine performance.

Head of Physics, Susan Mighall said: “This is one of our most successful years ever in terms of recruiting girls to study Physics in the sixth form and the success of this scheme, which the school has been involved with for over 20 years has done a lot to encourage more and more girls to study Physics and Engineering.”