Students from Whitley Bay High School are celebrating after beating a host of teams to lane a top engineering award.
The team of Year 12 pupils – James Clayton, Megan Crudace, Matt Escott, Lucie Carr and Cameron Hill – were taking part in the Celebration and Assessment Day as part of the finals for the Engineering Education Scheme.
And at the end of the event, they were placed top, beating 27 other teams to the prestigious Nissan Rose bowl prize.
The students were teamed up with an engineering company in the months leading up to the event, being given a real world engineering task to undertake.
They were paired with the R&D department at sub-sea engineering firm DUCO in Walker, and briefed to find a way of maintaining a safe operating temperature in sub-sea umbilicals situated in extreme environments.
After the research, the pupils designed an effective termo-regulatory system that could be implemented into existing DUCO technology, putting their design to the test in a range of experiments.