Woldgate students charging ahead on turbines challenge

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Engineers of the future at Woldgate College have been learning about renewable energy in the SuperGrid Challenge Day competition organised in partnership with the Humberside Engineering and Training Association (HETA).

During an intensive day, 21 students worked in teams to design and build their own wind turbines before setting unit prices for the electricity they expected to generate.

The winning team was decided on the basis of both their turbine design and their business acumen.

Mike Cargill of HETA said: “The increasing demand on renewable energy in the future means there are lots of career opportunities for young people in our area with interests in engineering, design and the natural sciences.”

“The students who have taken part in this challenge have shown remarkable ingenuity, business sense and teamwork throughout the day.

“We are going to be depending on young people like this to solve our energy problems in the years to come.”

Luke Sloman, careers coordinator added “This is just one of many events we organise for our students to gain valuable experience of working in different industries. At Woldgate, we encourage all our students to extend their horizons by considering all possible career options.”

The winning team will take part in the regional final of the SuperGrid Challenge which will take place at the Big Bang Event in Doncaster in June.