Wayne David with two members of the Royal Navy who serve with HMS Westminster
Wayne David with two members of the Royal Navy who serve with HMS Westminster

I was pleased to give my full support to the launch of a Royal Navy Engineering competition giving young people of all ages the chance to design a vessel that can rescue 1,000 people from the sea.

The Royal Navy is often involved in delivering humanitarian aid, including rescuing large numbers of people from the sea.  Royal Naval Engineering is asking for young people in schools across the country to think of an innovative way of achieving this by designing such a vessel.

Entrants are being encouraged to challenge traditional designs to produce imaginative concepts.  Some questions that should be considered include:

  • How can your design get quickly to the stranded people?
  • How can your design get people swiftly from the water?
  • How big does your design need to be to hold 1000 people?
  • What features have you designed that will help rescue 1000 people?
  • How will your design take care of 1000 people?

The UK Naval Engineering Science and Technology Forum (UKNEST), is recommending that students, individually or in small team, should typically be allowed one month to complete the challenge, and are required to submit an A3 poster with their annotated design and description. Each design will be judged by a group of industry professionals, according to age categories of primary (Years 1-6), secondary (Years 7-11), and further (Years 12-13), to allow for the varying levels of detail expected at different ages.  The best 3 designs in each age category will all win prizes of iPads.  The winning entrants may also be invited to a prize giving event hosted by the Royal Navy.

The competition ends on 1 December 2018 and all design entries must be submitted by a school member of staff, only to the UKNEST website, by this date.

I would encourage as many schools as possible in the Caerphilly constituency to consider submitting entries, and would urge anyone interested to talk to their school about getting more information on the competition, which can be found at: www.uknest.org

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