Design students rocket to top of the class

SRWA students with the rocket car they entered into Ricardo's annual competition

SRWA students with the rocket car they entered into Ricardo's annual competition

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SIXTH-FORM students were given a real boost when they got the chance to design, build and test rocket cars at the headquarters of a local technology firm.

Year-12 and 13 students studying three-dimensional design at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing, entered the annual rocket car competition of Shoreham-based technology firm Ricardo.

Design-technology teacher Peter O’Brien co-ordinated the students’ efforts.

He said: “In the weeks prior to the competition the students worked tirelessly designing, testing and manufacturing their cars, and with the weather being more favourable this year, things looked promising.

“All three cars entered by SRWA had good runs covering a fair amount of tarmac, but unfortunately, could not quite match the distance covered by the Ricardo employees’ lightweight vehicles.

“It’s fair to say the SRWA students went for looks over weight with regard to their designs. Although they didn’t win any prizes for distance, the Ricardo officials noted their efforts and awarded them a trophy for ‘artistic merit’.

“The event was a great opportunity for the students to meet the professional Ricardo engineers and engage in some friendly, design-related competition.

“The students thoroughly enjoyed it and learned some valuable engineering lessons, which they will surely be implementing and using to their advantage for next year’s race,” Mr O’Brien added.