On the 15th of June our group took part in the IET Land Rover BAR Faraday Challenge. The Competition was about making and developing two prototypes that enhance human, boat and environmental performance upon the Land Rover BAR Boat. Our group used the BBC Microbit to code the two prototypes. Our first product was an auto pilot that ensures the crew focuses more on speed and power instead of direction. The program also had a mode where you could point the Microbit in the direction you want the boat to go. It would then use a motor to change the direction of the rudder, therefore pointing the boat in the direction of the Microbit. Our second product was a gym device that assisted the crew to enhance their fitness levels. It measured their sweat levels and used the information to start a timer, that you could set, depending on your fitness level. For both of the products we engineered a way to make the devices portable. At the end of the day our team had developed our problem solving, team working, communication and coding skills, and managed to claim the IET Faraday Challenge Day Trophy for 2016/2017. Our team is invited to attend a celebration event in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation on Thursday 6th July at The Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Report by: Raphael Bonnet
Alex Lam – Electrical Engineer, Alex Atangba – Accountant, Raphael – Project Manager/Software Engineer, Nathan – Performance Engineer Alex Roberts – Environment Engineer