This a perfect place, in a warship, to show students the environment that they might work in as an engineer and give them a practical challenge

Captain Nigel Fergusson RN, Head of Engineering Devonport Flotilla

With only one hour to design and build each car the school children had to take into account weight, aerodynamics, shape and even wheel design. With guidance from RN engineers the cars began to slowly take shape.

On the jetty RS components provided their Titan 2 display truck, which was filled with the latest in technology and innovation.

On board the Titan 2 there was the opportunity to get grips with robotics, virtual reality, 3D printing, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and gaming, with the view of inspiring the young engineers and scientist of the future.

Once both groups had swapped and all cars were built, there was time for lunch before heading down to the Well Dock to begin the racing.

The rocket cars were projected along a wire for 15 metres by a small rocket propellant. The joint winning teams were Churston Ferrers Grammar School and Torbridge High, Plymouth, with a time of 36.4 milliseconds or 60mph.

The regional finals will forward the top 40 teams from the initial 18,000 national competitors, who will be invited to the National Final in RAF Wittering on 28 June. 

Captain Nigel Fergusson RN, Devonport Flotilla Head of Engineering, said, “This a perfect place, in a warship, to show students the environment that they might work in as an engineer and give them a practical challenge.

"There are more engineers than any other specialisation in the Navy and they work in challenging places worldwide with complex interacting systems. This represents great job satisfaction and there can’t be anything more rewarding as a career.’’

HMNB Devonport

Learn more

Weapon Engineer Officer

Join us