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Big Bang North West: Millom School head for the NSEC Big Bang Finals!
Millom School is a small and rurally isolated 11-18 community school situated in South West Cumbria. In July 2015 the team successfully competed in the Junior North West Regional heats at The Big Bang North West 2015 and were shortlisted for two individual awards (Sellafield Prize for NW Engineer of the Year & Plus Dane Prize for Endeavour).
Their project is based on designing the new successor class of nuclear submarine. The students have used biomimicry, emulating nature inspired designs and solutions.
Pupils have studied whales, sharks and stingrays to model submarine hull designs to enable them to be more efficient, along with looking at a range of surface finishes such as shark skins, swimming costumes and Olympic cycling jerseys to enable the submarine to be efficient at cutting through the water.
The team have also looked at smart materials such as photochromic and thermochromic coverings that would help reduce the visibility of the submarine.
Pupils have enjoyed linking the science aspects and have learnt about the Reynolds and Coanda theories and implemented these physical principles into the project.
Each member of the team received a Silver Crest award and with the emerging opportunities in STEM industries within Cumbria it enables the students to show the talents they have.
Team MerseySTEM would like to wish Millom School the best of luck! We have more of our finalist stories coming soon…
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