Setting sail with Ben Ainslie

Friday 11th August 2017 2:00 pm

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BOHUNT students were the winners of the BT Crew STEM competition 2017 where they had to design a boat which could travel faster than the wind.

Over the last couple of months Josiah Wilson, Ben Smith and Sophie Boberg were busy working on they design for the America’s Cup, when the 1851 Trust of Land Rover BAR and the British America’s Cup sailing team announced they had won first prize.

Apart from a free trip to the Land Rover Dech Teck, goodie bags and a tablet, the three students also met the most successful sailor in Olympic history, Sir Ben Ainslie.

The panel were extremely impressed with Josiah, Sophie and Ben’s project, particularly the use of nature to inspire their ideas.

The standard of entries overall was very high, but the whole panel agreed the Bohunt submission was the standout entry of the competition.

Stratianna Davi, head of STEM (science technology, engineering and maths) at Bohunt School said: “The BT Stem Crew competition enabled our students to engage to more rigorous, analytical, sceptical, open-minded and reflective approaches to science education.

“At Bohunt School we want students to enjoy learning from real-life examples. I am very proud of Josiah, Sophie and Ben. They worked hard on this project and it was an amazing way to finish the summer term.”

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