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BAE Systems Make It Challenge - regional winners

14th Feb 2019

‘On 6th Feb 2019, eight of our most talented Technologists competed at the Institute of Manufacturing’s annual Make it Challenge regional event at BEA Systems Academy for Skills and Knowledge at Samlesbury.  Over 80 pupils competed in this event, but nationwide over 900 students will take part. They participated in an enterprise challenge and won through this heat to the NW Regional Finals, later this year. Congratulations to the team of Year 9 students of Jenni, Abi, Nancye, Kate, Katie, Daisy, Charlotte and Aru.’ Mrs J Sandback, Head of Techology

Make It Challenge

We set off very early and by 8.00am we were on a coach heading to BAE Systems for the regional event of Make It Challenge 2019, a competition revolving around the importance of the manufacturing industry.
Ten teams (two of which were made up of teachers) took to the challenge of creating a prototype of an unmanned rescue response vehicle. Every team member was given a different role: Jenni and Abi as the design engineers, got to work on creating the prototype that the Team had come up with. Kate managed finances, balancing the budgets and keeping the girls from overspending on expensive materials and equipment. In charge of quality control was Katie, making sure our best ideas were being put out. The next part of the challenge was to promote our design, which we called W.A.R.M (water alpine rescue mobile) rover, which Nancye and Daisy took control of, designing a social media campaign based on the hashtag #GetWARM to raise awareness of rescue technology and to promote our prototype to potential investors. Logistics director Charlotte then went through the logistics maze with Nancye, Katie, and Aru (Team Leader), where they had to memorise a series of squares using a metal detector. Finally, the teams had to create an outstanding 2-minute pitch to the three Dragons, three judges who had been in the manufacturing industry for a long time and had lots of experience. The LGGS pitch was written by Aru and covered all points of the prototype and the pros of investing in it.

W.A.R.M Rover was created to rescue people in peril on mountains and in the water. It had two main parts: a rover designed for multiple land terrains with its caterpillar tracks, and a detachable drone for finding stragglers in water. Both were patrol vehicles, equipped with first aid kits, heat and motion sensors, a calming voice recording, and immediate access to mountain rescue services and the RNLI. They are designed from Titanium and Carbon Fibre, two strong yet lightweight materials, however with some components made from recyclable plastics to help the environment.
After a long day of hard work and free sandwiches, the teams gathered for the final results, as the top two teams would go through to the national round of the competition. With second place announced as Carr Hill High school, tensions were rising as the winners were announced as W.A.R.M Rover Lancaster Girl’s Grammar School. 
Eight tired yet happy teammates returned to LGGS with a BAE Systems goodie bag and a prize of a gift voucher for winning. We are all looking forward to the national competition!

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