Passmores Academy shine at Technology competition in London

Education: Secondary / Wed 2nd Aug 2017 at 12:28pm

PASSMORES Academy’s winning IET Faraday team took part in a finalists’ competition at the newly refurbished Institute of Engineering and Technology overlooking the Thames and embankment in central London. Previously they ranked 7th in a national competition of technology challenges.


The team comprised Michael Morris, Sebastian Taylor, Layla Hawksworth , Bradley Porter, Chloe Kimble and Thomas Moldon and were accompanied by Mr Benham and Mr Steadman.

Each team were challenged to produce a presentation and a concept product to representatives of the Jack Petchey Foundation and Land Rover BAR. Land Rover BAR, for which the acronym BAR refers to Ben Ainsley Racing, which is a British team competing in a high tech competition to win back the America’s Cup sailing competition. This is the nautical world’s equivalent of the FIFA World Cup.

The competition looked for products, developed using a programmed Micro bit, that would assist with improving Human Performance, Boat Performance or Environmental Standards. The Passmores team put forward a combination or a glove and watch for which the term Glotch was coined. The synergy of glove and watch would enable the crew members to have their heart rate monitored along with the temperature of their hands throughout the competition and training programme. The use of thermo chromic ink together with a thermistor would enable the crew to avoid hypothermia from cold water with both visual and auditory warning. The use of the on-chip magnetometer would also enable each member of the crew to be provided with a personalised compass on their wrist that would facilitate guiding their craft on their journey.

The Passmores team demonstrated considerable flair and confidence with their Dragon’s-Den-style presentation and with the originality of their ideas. Several items from their presentation stand were taken by the judges for further discussion as points of particular interest, but in the final round Passmores were narrowly beaten in the innovation awards section.

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