Triton and STEM – what’s it all about?
Right from the off, we wanted to use the World Record project to show young people how you can use engineering to solve problems and achieve great things. Many of the team are STEM ambassadors at Rolls-Royce, and love showing folks what engineers do.
The Triton project is running a couple of major STEM activities – first is with Primary School children, showing them how we worked out how to make a fast boat and the second will be run during the 24-hour world record attempt – it may be a record in itself as the longest STEM event.
We have already conducted 4 STEM events at primary schools. We got the children to build their own paper boats. They estimated which ones would be fastest and which would hold the most weight before putting their boats to test.
The 24 hours ‘STEMathon’ is still being planned. We want to be able to show young people how much pedal power they have, make and test a propeller and design and test different types of boat.
Throughout the project we’ve kept Facebook updated with our efforts and the real life measurements we’ve made can be seen by the public – even the ‘bad’ results – it’s just good honest engineering in action.”