Huddersfield New College 3D Design students recently beat off stiff competition from teams of talented potential future engineers at a Rotary Club tournament. 

A team of 12 3D Design students spent a day at the competition with 21 other teams. HNC students were in the advanced category and were given a design and engineering challenge. Using a collection of simple materials, each team was tasked with building a beacon that flashed precisely ten times in ten seconds without the use of a stop or start button.

The groups were also graded by the judges on their teamwork and a presentation on their creations. HNC students were awarded both gold and silver in the advanced category. 

Ben Mellor, who studies 3D Design, Physics and Maths says: “It was a really interesting activity, and you had to really think and be creative. The solution really was not as simple as it seemed and it was a great experience to work as part of a team to find the answer to an engineering issue.”

Maria Dean, Teacher of 3D Design comments: “Our students were fantastic. 3D Design is a hands-on subject that explores how great design can improve environments and provide solutions to engineering challenges.  Our teams were lucky to be supported by professionals from the world of engineering, and our teams won gold as their creative designs not only met a brief, but also successfully worked. It provided a real flavour of how they will work with others in the workplace as part of a team. Judges commented on the professionalism, creativity and enthusiasm of our students and this day was a real flavour of how their 3D Design qualifications can support them into a range of exciting careers including engineering.”