Boatbuilding contest showcases students’ science skills
Published on 29/03/17
A team of Lowestoft students has put their science and technology skills into practice at a school boat-building competition.
Eleven students from Years 9 and 10 at East Point Academy took part in the Inter School Boat Challenge, held at Lowestoft College on Tuesday, March 28.
Teams from seven schools in the region were tasked with designing and building a prototype self-propelled, eco-friendly boat suitable for use in shallow waters such as the Norfolk Broads.
The students produced marketing posters and delivered a presentation about their design before the prototypes were tested in the training pool at Water Lane Sports Centre.
The designs were judged by industry experts from organisations including Brooms Boats, the International Boatbuilding and Training College, the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, the East of England Energy Group, rowing charity Oarsome Chance, and Lowestoft College.
East Point Academy director of technology Michael Green said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) students to work with professional companies and local industry experts.
“All the students thoroughly enjoyed the event which helped to support the technology department’s vision of getting more students into STEM-based careers.”