Future manufacturers and entrepreneurs from CHS competed against students from Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Staffordshire to win the BAE Systems ‘Make It’ Enterprising Challenge.
The competition challenged 13 and 14 year-olds to create a mini-manufacturing business to design, cost, build and market a prototype Unmanned Support Vehicle (USV) which would respond to emergencies ranging from earthquakes and floods to police and fire department incidents.
Year 9 CHS students came out top and were awarded the winner’s trophy thanks to their mine clearance vehicle, “The Sleek Saviour”, which included a thermal imaging camera and in-built GPS and their professional Dragons’ Den style presentation to BAE Systems managers.
CHS student, Will Sparrow who was individually commended with a ‘Leadership Award’ for his role as Managing Director in the winning team, said: “The competition really made you cooperate as a group and was a great test of your communication skills. It was exciting and inspiring!”
The event, organised by The Manufacturing Institute, is part of their ‘Make It’ campaign, which aims to attract the brightest and best new talent into manufacturing by promoting the sector as an exciting and rewarding career option for young people.
CHS will now go through to Make It’s Grand Regional Final, to be held in the Summer.