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Faraday Challenge Final

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

On the 12th July, a team consisting of 6 Second Formers took part in the final of the Faraday Challenge; an Engineering competition in which teams from schools all over the country have competed throughout the year.

The final took place in the spectacular Land Rover BAR building, headquarters of Ben Ainslie, overlooking Portsmouth Harbour and consisted of the top five teams from these preliminary competitions. To qualify for the final was an outstanding achievement and the challenge was to create and model enhancements to a yacht to improve its efficiency using sensors and servor motors controlled by a BBC micro: bit.

The team put together an impressive model with the ability to switch between automatic and manual control of the sail and incorporated a pressure sensor to detect excessive strains in the mast and send an alert to the sailors.

All the teams were outstanding and made the judge’s task very hard, but in the end a team from Hammersmith Academy took first prize and £1000. However the four runners up including City of London School each took away £250 for their school. An excellent performance, very well done!

All the teams were outstanding and made the judge’s task very hard.
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