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The College's award-winning Engineers were praised for their "infectious enthusiasm"  when they took part in the National Finals of the Engineering Education Scheme.

 The team of Sixth form students - Damien, Robertas, Tom and Nikita - travelled to London on 17 September 2015 for the culmination of a journey which started with a team-building launch day in October 2014 at HMS Raleigh.

"The team worked on a real-life engineering project with graduate engineers from Babcock Marine, designing and programming a robot capable of manoeuvring inside a ship container testing for air quality, temperature, noxious gases and corrosion," explained Mrs Parker, the College's Careers co-ordinator.

"The robot had to have lights and a camera to relay the test results back to a computer."

In March 2015 the team won their regional heat against eight other schools and went on to be judged the best team in the South West, beating 31 other teams and winning a place in the final.

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Competition was "fierce" from Chelmsford County High School, Thomas Telford School and St Benedict’s Catholic High School said Mrs Parker.

"The boys gave an excellent presentation to a panel of senior engineers drawn from Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, ARM and Network Rail together with the Regional Director of the Engineering Development Trust," she said.

"Whilst the boys didn't win; the senior judge sought me out to say that out of all the teams the lads showed the most personal development and when talking about engineering and their project and their enthusiasm was genuinely infectious."

Chelmsford County High School took the trophy for their telemetric lifejacket which measures the wearer’s heart rate, temperature and GPS location and transmits it back to potential rescuers.

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Feedback from the judging panel was equally complimentary about the College's team:

"The team produced a great solution to a very tough challenge. The skills developed by all, alongside other personal development really stood out.

"Their enthusiasm for the project and engineering was infectious.

"The ability to grow into a project, step outside your comfort zone, learn new skills quickly and improve from their experiences stands them in good stead for the future. All these things are qualities that engineering companies seek in young engineers."

"In the evening at the Future Industry Leaders Awards, the boys presented their project with confidence to captains of industry from the UK space agency, the Nuclear industry, Institute for Environmental Analytics and Rolls Royce to name but a few," said Mrs Parker.

"I was immensely proud of them holding their own in a very high-powered, competitive environment and am sure they gained not just a host of technical and engineering skills but many of the soft skills that are equally valued by employers.

"Our sincere thanks to the Babcock engineers who have supported the boys on their journey, Mr Barenskie for his advice, and the EDT who make the Engineering Education Scheme happen and we look forward to working with them again with a new team of students from Year 12."


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