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Engineering - Finding their sea legs

A team from Stobhill School in Glasgow, where pupils receive hospital-based education, has won a fierce battle of the high seas to come first in this year's BAE Systems' schools' engineering challenge.

Stobhill was one of 10 schools to take part in the eight-week challenge to design and build model ships using paper, card, sticky tape and glue. The teams then went head-to-head to put their models through a series of sea trials at the University of Strathclyde's department of naval architecture and marine engineering. The models were pushed to their limits, facing trials to assess speed and ability to transport cargo, sea-keeping and survivability to see how they fared on open waters.

The winning model will be on display at the Clydebuilt Museum at Braehead in the coming weeks. A team from Our Lady and Saint Patrick's High, Dumbarton, came second, while another team from the same school and a team from Port Glasgow High came joint third.

Kerry McLeod, a member of the Stobhill team, said: "Knowing that one day I could help to design a ship like the Type 45 destroyers and aircraft carriers has definitely made me think about a career in engineering."

Each school was assigned a BAE Systems ambassador to work with the budding engineers, providing guidance on the design and build of their model ships. The ambassadors visited the schools on a weekly basis to help students to develop an understanding of the basic principles of engineering and naval architecture. Students were also invited to the company's shipyard at Govan to see the latest advanced warships under construction.


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