The hi-impact team put wheels in motion to produce one of their most unique and unusual competitive experiences for young people at this year’s Big Bang North West event.
Problem-solving, efficient teamwork and organisation were the skills needed to win the Team Engineering Challenge, devised by hi-impact to introduce school-age students to the practical world of technology and engineering.
After experts had demonstrated how to construct and deconstruct a specially-built go-kart, “pit crew” students then had to race against the clock to dismantle and rebuild it while, at the same time, develop their own strategy to be the winning team.
Winners of the morning session were Canon Slade School in Bolton while afternoon session winners were pupils from Carmel College, St Helens.
Alan Thompson, managing director at hi-impact, said: “After attending last year’s Big Bang North West when hundreds of students clamoured to get hands-on with our humanoid robot, VR space exploration and infra-red photography, we decided to come back bigger and better this year with some really innovative and exciting learning experiences for young visitors.
“We had four times the floor space so we could let our imagination run riot – and came up with the idea of Team Engineering Challenge, a real task to work out how to put our go-kart back together again in less than 10 minutes.
“This was a true engineering task calling for skills in problem-solving, teamwork and organisational abilities.”
The sessions also allowed teachers and pupils to see how hi-impact consultants work in schools to introduce and develop manufacturing processing skills through engaging and hands-on experiences.
Big Bang North West, held at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, is an annual event to inspire the next generation of STEAM experts. It is an opportunity for schools to come face-to-face with professionals from all walks of industry and academia to discover information about careers and further study in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.