York is rapidly turning into a hive of young engineering talent, and two Fulford School pupils, brothers Harry and Charlie Raley, have stepped into the limelight for different competitions at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Far that took place at the NEC, Birmingham.
Harry was the runner-up UK Young Engineer of the Year in the National Science and Engineer Competition, having designed and built his own 3D printer. Harry received £700, a medal and a certificate for his impressive entry.
Harry has stated:
‘I’ve made five or six 3D printers before, but the overall process of tinkering around and making a printer that is reliable has taken about two or three months . . . I would always tell people to never have any limitations to what they think is impossible and that actually nothing is impossible. If you think you can do it, you must be able to.’
Charlie, however, won the BAE Systems Inspired Work Prize after designing and producing his own remote controlled helicopter, complete with live video feed, winning £500 and an experience prize.
Clive Kelsall, Engineering Manager at BAE Systems, has stated on Charlie’s award:
‘The work showcased by Charlie was fantastic and an inspiration to all who saw it. The innovative project delivered by Charlie not only achieved superb results but also proved to be both influential and motivational to others.’ (yorkpress.co.uk, 27 March 2014)
Engineering is continually bringing converts into the fold, with events like the one based in Birmingham inspiring and engaging young people, it’s no surprise. To learn more about engineering, what’s involved, changing your views and showing you what careers are out there, take a look at our Engineering page in the STEM section of our website, www.businesscasetudies.co.uk.