Students excel at Science & Engineering Festival

Posted on Tuesday 3 July 2012

Max is Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Design and Technology students Jamie Elkins, Opeyemi Olayanju and Max Capel represented the very best of Farnborough at the recent Science and Engineering Festival held at Brooklands race track, near Weybridge, on Tuesday 26th June 2012.

At this historic location – the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, the home of Concorde and the site of so many historic technological and technological achievements throughout the 20th century - the three A2 students who completed A2 Resistant Material this year, intrigued the judges with their inventive designs.

Opeyemi, inspired by lived experience, created a trolley to help nurses’ bed wash patients in hospital wards. This innovative project has attracted considerable interest from senior staff at Frimley Park Hospital. Jamie built the gravity racer, competing in the Borden soap box derby, winning all three of his races. In addition, Jamie finished 6th fastest overall: an excellent achievement in an event where many teams develop their vehicle over several years.

But Max’s work attracted the Surrey SATRO judges’ highest approval. His innovative design solution for a honey extractor by centrifugal forces has the potential to increase the yield extracted from honey frames for bee keepers everywhere. For his brilliant idea, Max won the award for ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012’.

Understandably, Design Technology teachers were thrilled at the recognition of College students’ high quality work.

Head of department Peter Finklaire said: ‘What a great achievement for Max; I’m proud for him and the College. Students have produced some brilliant coursework this year – and it’s really pleasing to get public recognition like this from such a prestigious organisation as Surry SATRO.’

Curriculum Manager, Nick Tupper, said “It was inspiring to see the professional way that our students were able to present their work and explain it to the judges. Max, in particular, was a brilliant advocate for his design. The students have maintained our long tradition of producing prize winning exhibits for the Festival at Brooklands”.
 

Max impresses the judges

Max impresses the judges

Max Capel receives his prize

Max Capel receives his prize

Jamie Elkins with his Gravity Racer

Jamie Elkins with his Gravity Racer

Opeyemi Olayanju  with Simon Jarvis

Opeyemi Olayanju with Simon Jarvis