QinetiQ - Silver Crest Award
Friday, October 1, 2021
Last term Mr Gill ran a STEM club with QinetiQ for six students from Dyson Perrins who competed against Malvern college to see who could create the best bomb disposal solution.
QinetiQ created a mock bomb which was programmed to detonate after approximately 1 minute 30. The students had to safely stop it from detonating. They were not allowed within 20 feet of the bomb, so they had to be very creative with their design solutions. QinetiQ leader Dr Poppy felt the Dyson Perrins solution worked the smoothest. Our students programmed a drone to approach the bomb and stop it from detonating within the time frame (harder than it sounds!). They then had to write up their project to attain the silver crest award.
We were impressed with the positivity and collaboration of the Dyson Perrins students throughout their extended project to build a ‘Bomb’ Disposal System. All of the students involved contributed to the final design, which successfully completed the brief we had set. They were not deterred by the technical difficulties they encountered at different stages and worked through them with advice and support from the QinetiQ team as needed. We are delighted that we will be continuing the partnership with the school with a new project and a new group of students this term. (Qinetiq trainer)
The Stem Club was a great opportunity for us to be able to gain a good insight into how engineering, mathematics and science can all intertwine to build something great. We started on the idea of a bomb defusal robot and built on our original ideas to construct a fully working robot specifically designed for the job at hand. In the end, we collaborated as a team to write up everything we had done to pass the Silver Crest Award created by the British Science Association; we can use this in future college and UCAS applications. (Dyson Perrins' Student)
Well done to all students involved!