Academic | Posted 19.03.2015

Stonyhurst engineers win Lancaster University’s ‘rocket challenge’!

Lancaster University’s STEM Schools Challenge 2015

Twelve Grammarians travelled to Lancaster University to compete in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Challenge on Wednesday March 18th.

They competed in four challenges in teams of three. Stonyhurst came 1st in the Engineering –  ‘Rocket’ – challenge, with the three engineers Alex Meinhardt, Kwangu Simeza, and Benedict Franke propelling their rocket 95m!

In the technology challenge – ‘Project your message: Getting creative with technology’ – Edward Harriss, Clara Gil-Gonzales and Sam Clewes came 3rd with their Ipad hologram projections.

Stonyhurst’s science team was made up of Lewis Whitford, Ben Connell and Nnamdi Nwokedi; their task was to investigate small-scale explosive mixtures of hydrogen and oxygen in order to propel a mini-rocket indoors.

The mathematics challenge was taken up by Celina Guzkowska, Maria Golden and Vincent Ng, who were challenged to “Get the measure of Lancaster”  by measuring the surface of a lake, the volume of a statue and the height of a building using a clinometer.

Stonyhurst came 3rd overall out of 14 Lancashire schools.

Alex said: “It was a really good day and was very well organised.” “We really enjoyed taking part and got a lot out of the experience” said Celina.

 

Photo: Stonyhurst’s STEM representatives with their winning rocket and the Engineering prize.