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Engineering Challenge "Power Generation"

19th March 2018

British Science Week got off to a great start at CCGS with the Yr9 taking part in an Engineering Challenge "Power Generation" in conjunction with Cummins Power Generation, Manston. Students were selected for their exam excellence and hard work in science and worked in teams of 8 and then 4 to solve a series of problems set out by two Ambassadors from Cummins Power Generation Manston. Students had to battle against the clock to identify famous engineers from history, be the first group to build a functioning solar powered robot then working in small, random groups, our young engineers were given the main task of the day.

Students were given the brief that it was their responsibility to heat the Pyeongchang's Temporary Olympic Stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies of the winter games. Students were given some basic facts about the surrounding areas and had to deliver a 5 minute presentation on their ideas.

Cummins STEM Ambassadors were very impressed with the creative ideas from the students that ranged from "recycled urine used as a Bio-fuel" to "specialized stadium seats that needed to be pedaled to generate electricity".

The winning teams idea was a vertical geothermal loop to generate environmentally friendly energy that can be re-purposed at the end of the games and a novel floor system that transferred kinetic energy into chemical energy to generate electricity.

The four students selected to represent the school at the final at Cummins Power Generation site on the 23rd March are:

Jason Russell
Nation Limbu
Lucy McGuinness
Missy Cameron

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