Lancing pupils participate in CREST Gold Award

A group of Sixth Form pupils took part in the Gold Awards project in the Summer Term. As part of the Awards, students can choose to work on different types of projects on any STEM subject. Our pupils, supported by the teaching staff in the Science Department, worked in collaboration with local business Ricardo UK Ltd to develop a wireless piston telemetry system. This is an area of specific interest to Ricardo HQ, as they have some of the world’s most advanced vehicle testing facilities just over the road from the College on their Shoreham Airport site.

Ricardo provided the initial brief, as well as advice on project planning, funding for components, time- and project-management training and plenty of encouragement. The problem incorporated a number of different challenges, some of which had been overcome by last year’s team who built a high speed reciprocating test rig; the actual process of measuring and transmitting the information was the challenge for this team, and they approached it with huge enthusiasm.

Each member of the team contributed uniquely to the success of the project: Chris B brought his wealth of mechanical experience, gained through stripping and rebuilding motorbikes at home; Tim C was keen to learn how to program in assembly code and transmit digital signals; Ritchie L invested his understanding of induction to develop the electrical power requirement; Sophie W became the specialist in temperature measurement and calibration, as well as having a powerful overview of the project’s progress.

This dynamic combination of abilities culminated in a team who not only completed the brief in time, but produced a project outcome which, in a number of ways, exceeded the expectations of Ricardo engineers. The presentation was a great success and, when uploaded to the CREST website, will undoubtedly earn them all Gold Awards, the equivalent in STEM circles to the best part of an A Level.

The team would like to pass on its thanks to our supervisors, Andy King and Luca Di Marino, as well as Ricardo UK, for organising such a valuable and fulfilling experience.

Dr Giles Preston, Head of Science

Lancing College Sixth Form pupils

Lancing College Sixth Form pupils

Lancing College Sixth Form pupils