SUTC students triumph in international STEM competitions

Hard work and dedication pays off for F1 in Schools and UK Space Design entrants
Scarborough UTC students have seen incredible success in two national competitions, with students set to represent the UK on the international stage.

F1 in Schools is an international STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and maths) competition which aims to change the perception of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths by challenging students to take part in a fun and exciting project, with Formula 1 at the centre of it.

The two Scarborough UTC teams; Avidity and Orbit, did incredibly well and sailed through the regional rounds to get through to the national finals.

Both teams worked together to raise sponsorship from local businesses with the likes of Yorkshire Coast Radio, Blue Raptor Signs and Unison all pitching in to help. Managing the budget to fund research, travel and accommodation, students worked together to come up with creative and innovative ways to showcase their ideas.

The project challenged students to incorporate a variety of skills from physics through to marketing, and both teams worked extremely hard to get to the national finals.

Team Avidity came out on top, winning the Best Engineered Car and the Team Sportsmanship award – they will go on to represent the UK at the world finals later in the year.

Team Avidity said:“It was one of the greatest experiences and we are so pleased with our results.”
Both teams were impressive and worked together to incorporate their skills.

The UK Space Design Competition is a science and engineering competition designed as a simulation of life in industry. The UKSDC aims to enable students to experience the vast potential and valuable opportunities available through future study, or even a career, in STEM

The students work in teams to solve a request for proposal, completing the task over the course of just one day, they then present their proposal to a specialist team of judges.

After the success of the team, Joe Lathan was voted to represent the EU at the International Space Settlement Competition at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida

Joe Lathan said:“The first thing we do is select leaders of each department, I was voted the president – we have a few hours to get our ideas together and start designing and then we do a run through of the presentation, because at the end we present to multiple judges.

The most exciting part was probably just being there, I mean, I love London but presenting in front of the Nasa judges was really nerve racking but very exciting.”

Speaking about life at Scarborough UTC, he added:“We do lots of work experience, we work with employers and that’s helped me build up my engineering and skills. I’m hoping to go to university to study aeronautical engineering and hopefully specialise in space craft if I can.”

SUTC prides itself on a multi-disciplinary approach to learning, with practical skills at the core, offering students the chance to work with leading local employers on real-life projects to get the edge over their peers.

Principal Lee Kilgour said:“We’re incredibly proud of the F1 in Schools and the UK Space Design teams and they have done extremely well to reach the national finals. The competition is just one of the ways in which we encourage our students to ignite their passion for STEM and practice those coveted skills employers are looking for.”