BP Challenge 2012

Last month we took a small team of students to the BP Technology Challenge held at AGC Sunderland. Although our main goal was to find out more about the competition our team performed brilliantly and won the ’known challenge’ competition. Congratulations to the team of Jade, Aramis, Oliver, Janine, Jayden R, Jayden O, Cameron, Abby, Danny, Ollie and Amelia. Thank you to Miss Cheeseman for organising the event.

BP Challenge - Practice

To prepare for the BP Challenge the team worked through a number of practice activities. Here is Ollie’s report on the practices;

The first practice we did was a LEGO man tower challenge. We had 30 minutes to complete a building that would suspend a LEGO man as high as possible off the floor. The next challenge was the egg dropping challenge. We had 30 minutes to build something that would ensure an egg would not break when you drop it from a high platform. The last practice activity we did was the ‘known challenge’.

Where we had to make a self supporting structure. The next challenge was the egg dropping challenge. We had 30 minutes to build something that would ensure an egg would not break when you drop it from a high platform. The last practice activity we did was the ‘known challenge’. We had to make a self supporting structure - a tent - that would fit two people in it, it had to fully cover them all over

so that you could not see them in it. We had only 20 minutes to build the structure and only 15 sheets of newspaper, a roll of sellotape and 2m of string. It was so hard but talking to Mr Weatherill we worked out how we could do it.

By Ollie Ritchie

The Day of the Competition:

When we arrived at Sunderland College the whole team was so nervous about the challenges. The first activity was to make a self supporting structure out of newspaper, tape and string that could fit two people in it. The second activity was to make stilts that were at least 12cm tall to dodge the ‘poisoned’ spikes.

After we had lunch we had the prize giving. My team won the first activity which was cool. Unfortunately we didn’t win the second activity. We were hoping that we would win the overall prize because we won the first challenge, unfortunately the overall winner was the school that had won the second challenge.

We did really well and worked great as a team. I enjoyed the experience and had a great time at Sunderland College.

By Aramis Simpson