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Go 4 Set Maritime Challenge


5 Year 8 students had a fantastic day recently taking part in Go 4 Set, a science and engineering project with a maritime slant. The students had to design a school on an Island, they had to think about the design, power source, transport links, food and equipment and how the school could run. Sandown Bay Academy was one of just 13 schools from the Solent area invited to take part.

Go 4 Set was launched on 5th March when the students travelled to HMS Collingwood in Portsmouth to attend a day of problem solving activities based around science and engineering. The students then had 10 weeks to design their school on an island. The students were also assigned an engineering mentor from Red Funnel to meet with them and help them develop their ideas and provide expert advice on any maritime issues.

The students worked incredibly hard on the project in their assigned roles producing a model of the proposed school, a written report and a PowerPoint presentation. The project culminated in a day at the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, which was an intense day of presenting to 6 judges and having their work scrutinised by experts from the maritime industry as well as peers from other schools.

Unfortunately they did not win the prize but they thoroughly enjoyed the project and learnt a lot not just about the science aspects of their project but about teamwork, presenting skills and what makes a good scientific report.

Mr Apsey, Head of Year 8 said ‘the students were an absolute credit to the academy and showed professionalism and excellent teamwork. They should be justifiably proud of their achievements on the day and throughout the project. 

Click here to view the PowerPoint.