An exciting engineering challenge focused on Students at Key Stage 3 & 4.
What is the Schools Marine Challenge?
School teams link with a technology based company to design, build and race boats
in three classes:
1. Powered by solar energy Maximum LOA 450 mm
2. Powered by a petrol engine Maximum LOA 850 mm
3. Powered by a battery driven engine Maximum LOA 850 mm
Schools engineer their final solutions to score points in the following categories:
- Hull and Superstructure
- Race day trial
This innovative scheme introduces pupils at an impressionable age to the world of
Marine Engineering. It dispels the myths surrounding the industry and lets young
people experience at first hand, many aspects of teamworking in this environment.
Using the ‘shop window’ of Powerboat Racing as a context, participants work to a
Why take Part?
The United Kingdom's specialist Marine Engineering Industry is world class. Perspectives
of this industry from parents and career guidance are often not up to date, and based
on myths and mis-information. Few young people are enthused by engineering at secondary
school. The long-term solution lies in stimulating talented young minds to choose
technological education and career pathways.
What will I get out of it?
The Marine Challenge provides hardware and a context with supporting infrastructure
to offer and deliver engineering as an extra-curricular activity or within a discrete
The scheme provides materials and specialist support for curriculum delivery of:
GNVQ Engineering, Vocational GCSEs, GCSEs in Systems Control, Electronics and Resistant
Some of the activities supported by the scheme include:
Composites materials Technologies and manufacturing
Electro Mechanical Engineering projects
Data capture from school engineered Dynamometers
Construction of communication and marketing systems such as team Web Sites
All this adds up to young people experiencing the application of scientific/technical
skills and knowledge not available in mainstream education.