Students take on green tech build challenge

Students from Hastingsbury Business and Enterprise College get to work on their wind turbines PNL-160425-113317001

Students from Hastingsbury Business and Enterprise College get to work on their wind turbines PNL-160425-113317001

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Young people are being inspired by science as technology firm Lockheed Martin set them engineering challenges.

More than 50 Year 9 pupils at Hastingsbury Business and Enterprise College, in Kempston, were asked to design and build an energy-efficient clean water system and a wind turbine.

Teams of students had to create a watertight reservoir and an electric pump to transfer collected water. They also had to make a wind turbine from scratch,

Lockheed Martin UK communications manager Ampthill Julie Bevan said: “Energy and clean water supplies are modern engineering challenges. A project like this helps the students connect what they learn in the classroom with what actually happens in a working environment.”

The project was part of a series of events that Lockheed Martin UK is delivering with The Smallpeice Trust across the country.

The school has been given a kit to start a STEM club, which will design and build a propelled glider over a term, and see how far it will fly.