Brighton University played host to the Institute of Electrical Engineering's Great Electric Egg Race, with budding engineers poised to do battle.
The course? From the floor to a table. The carrier? A machine made from nothing more than bits and bobs in a time limit of one and a half hours. This was more than just putting one foot in front of the other.
Cameron Forster, James Mitchell and Dan Costello beat local competition from Roedean, BHASVIC and St Pauls with the only design that completed all stages and successfully delivered the load to the table top refuge.
Dan Costello said: "We opened the envelope containing our task and carefully read the instructions inside. After making several drawings to share our designs, we made sure that we each took on a particular section of the structure".
James Mitchell added, "Our design won because it was a proper team effort. While other teams were frantically using sellotape to join their structure, Dan's use of tooth picks as nails was brilliant. Cameron dealt with the gears of the motor and quickly decided to use the pliers within the structure itself. I completed the egg carrier before we connected all of the pieces together."
With twenty minutes to spare the boys were finished and able to test their product for efficiency. It worked every time. Claiming first place meant each team member gained a £10 gift voucher for Waterstones and a great sense of pride. James Mitchell concluded, "It was a lot easier for us this year because our teaching has been more focused on problem solving techniques".
A second team from Hurst picked up 3rd place, with Ed Zeidler, Joe Webb and Ben Silverstein showing good team work, creativity and design skills. Congratulations to all of Hurst's competitors for their part in ruling the roost!
25 May 2013