Guildford, UK, 24 March 2010 - Godalming College are the winners of this year’s BOC Inspiring Gases Challenge for their innovative engineering solutions to a real-life challenge. The seven schools that entered this year’s competition were challenged to understand the science and engineering behind some of BOC’s air separation technology and propose ways in which the process could be carried out differently. The four schools attending the finals at BOC’s Guildford headquarters on 18 March impressed the judges with the way they had grasped the theory and had presented their business case for change.
“All the presentations we saw this year were well thought out and imaginative,” commented Mike Dennis, BOC’s Business Director. “They were all of an exceptionally high standard and it was very difficult to choose an overall winner.”
The competition invited Year 12 (16-17 year old) students to model the process of cooling air prior to its separation into oxygen, nitrogen and argon. This is the fundamental process behind the bulk of BOC’s business. For the colleges involved, it provided an opportunity to get to grips with the way science and technology are used in the real world. In another reflection of the real world of engineering, they were asked to formulate their findings in a formal presentation, as though they were making a formal business case for their ideas.
Godalming College chemistry teacher Fiona Kennard said: “We are delighted to win this award. The students have worked very hard, developing their own ideas, building the model themselves and preparing the presentation. They’ve worked very well as a team.”
A photo of the winners is available from Simon Napper at BOC. Email: simon.napper@ Tel: 07500 815166.
Caption: The winners of the BOC Inspiring Gases Challenge from Godalming College. From left: Richard Jenkins, Sophie Jackman, Adam Kitchen and Nick Brookes
Notes to editors
The Inspiring Gases Challenge involves schools and colleges around the Surrey area developing a product using industrial gases. This year’s competition began in October with the final being held at BOC’s Guildford site on 25 March.
The four colleges that took part in the final were:
· Farnborough Sixth Form College
· Godalming College
· Howard of Effingham School
· St Peter’s Catholic Comprehensive, Guildford
The Inspiring Gases Challenge is organised annually by BOC, in cooperation with educational charity Surrey Satro.
The runners-up in this year’s competition were Farnborough Sixth Form College.
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