Oakham School pupils engineer victory in contest

Pupils from left, Jakob Kretschmer, Malte Neuss, Eve Moss and Max Tomlinson. Photo by Steve Footitt.
Pupils from left, Jakob Kretschmer, Malte Neuss, Eve Moss and Max Tomlinson. Photo by Steve Footitt.

A group of secondary school pupils beat 77 other teams from across the Midlands to win an engineering contest.

Two teams from Oakham School took part in the Engineering in Education Scheme competition.

One group was given the challenge of working with Melton Mowbray company Pera Technology to design and make a wind tunnel.

The team of Samuel Barson, Daniel Gomez, Annie Rowles and Robert Hampton were one of only two teams in the entire competition to win a prize.

They will get to take a trip on National Rail’s new “measurements train”, which can check for flaws in the tracks while travelling at 125mph.

The team worked with Oakham engineering firm Mecc Alte to research and design a cooling system for rotors which have been impregnated with resin.

The team comprised Jakob Kretschmer, Max Tomlinson, Eve Moss and Malte Neuss.

Head of physics at the school John Chilton said: “Both teams from Oakham attracted a lot of attention throughout the day, possibly due to the large wind tunnel next to their stand, and all the students performed admirably when asked to describe their project.”