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Egg-launching, bridge building and a roborally - its USW's annual Engineering Olympics.

Byline: Alex Feeney Media Relations Manager

Schools from Beddau, Newport and Merthyr Tydfil were among the winners at the annual Engineering Olympics held at the University of South Wales.

The competition involves teams from schools and colleges across South Wales competing in three events; bridge building, robo-rally and the potentially, very-messy, egg launch.

Cracking the egg-launching challenge were Year 12 pupils from Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School in Beddau, who managed to fire their egg approximately three metres into the air and return it to the earth (relatively) unscathed.

Lliswerry High School in Newport proved to be the bridge-building heavyweights as their triangular-designed structure carried a mighty 4.83kg.

And a team from The College Merthyr Tydfil motored to victory in the robo-rally, covering the course in a blistering 16 seconds.

"I enjoyed it very much. It's been a great experience. I've never done anything like this before," said Hasan Mukhtar, one of the winning pupils from Lliswerry High School.

"Today makes me think that I may want to become an engineer in the future."

Teacher at Lliswerry High School, Mr Perry, said: "Today has been tremendously important for the students because it's the culmination of a month's hard work, experimenting with different techniques and materials.

"It's been fantastic to see them problem-solving, overcoming issues and developing their skills and knowledge as a team."

Joseph Holland is a pupil at Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School: "It was brilliant, really interesting and great fun. It was also great to see all of the facilities at the university, and our launcher was pretty good."

Physics teacher at Bryn Celynnog, Mr Wilmott, said: "They did very well. They did a lot of calculations beforehand. Not all of them worked out, but they put a lot of work into it.

Our egg didn't break until it hit the ground!

Associate Head of the School of Engineering at the University of South Wales, Dr Akram Hammoudeh, said: "The teams brought some wonderfully-creative ideas with them to this year's Engineering Olympics and the standard was very high.

"Events like this mean young people can see for themselves the broad range of engineering provision we have at the University of South Wales, from electronic to mechanical to civil engineering.

"We have the largest engineering provision in Wales and with our top-class facilities, including our new multi-million-pound CAPSE (Centre of Automotive and Power Systems Engineering) building to be opened later this year, we are able to offer our students excellent training and preparation for a wide range of careers in industry."


Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School in Beddau won the egg launch competition

Lliswerry High School in Newport won the bridge building competition

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 28, 2015
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