The competition, held at Sellafield’s Hinton House site, was aimed at Year 9 students to try to encourage their appreciation of STEM subjects and to open their eyes to the possible careers that could result from their study.

The competition was a full-day event where our Culcheth High School team of six students were required to work in their team to design and construct a Rubber Band Car capable of carrying out a number of tasks, in order to try and win funding to attend the ‘Big Bang’ event at the NEC, Birmingham in March. Sellafield graduate mentors and Engineers were available to offer advice on matters such as further education, work experience and possible career paths, and our students were guided during their practical task towards considering a broad range of aspects such as cost and environmental impacts, not just the performance of their final solution.

The day was thoroughly enjoyed by the students, who participated from all schools, and although we didn’t win (we came 3rd overall), the experience and input received was greatly appreciated.

“I really enjoyed the event, especially the presentation, because it helped me to understand what ‘engineering’ actually is and the range of different career paths that you can take within engineering. It definitely helped me to think about what I want to do in the future.” Josh Heald 9A.

Many thanks to Sellafield Ltd for the opportunity to take part in such a rewarding and interesting event.