Full steam ahead

24th November 2006 at 00:00
Engineers of the future have demonstrated their skills in a contest that owed as much to Blue Peter as Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Teams from nine Glasgow secondary schools designed and built model ships, before competing against one another in the BAE Systems Naval Ships annual engineering challenge. The ships - made from paper, card, sticky tape and glue - took to the water last week at Strathclyde University's naval architecture department. They underwent tests for speed, survivability, weight and cargo-carrying capacity, and were judged by BAE Systems Naval Ships graduates.

The winning team, John Paul Academy, was presented with a prize by Tom Brady, BAE Systems Naval Ships head of engineering strategy.

BAE Systems is a defence and aerospace company famous for the Euro-fighter aircraft.

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