20.05.2020Young Engineer of the Year Awards 2020
Reaching new heights with Space Olympics.
What is the Young Engineer of the Year?
YEOTY20 Space Olympics is an awards competition giving Year 10 students from twenty Stoke-on-Trent schools the opportunity to challenge themselves with a project that involves designing, building and launching their own capsule of Space Olympics science experiments into near space by means of a giant balloon.
This is an annual YEOTY competition which hopes to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, some of whom could well hail from Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.
This Year's Project
The hydrogen-filled balloons rise at 5-6m/s for 100 minutes, their flight path determined by stratospheric wind conditions, which can be predicted in advance of the flight. The balloons expand due to pressure change, ultimately bursting, and a parachute brings the launch vehicle back to the ground safely so results and footage can be recovered.
As part of the competition, the teams of youngsters will be required to compile data, produce a results report, and document their endeavours on film using GoPro cameras and create their own short film of the experiment. These will be shown at an awards ceremony later in the year.
Awards at the YEOTY20 competition ceremony will be for Best Space Photo, Best Video Edit, Highest Altitude, Best Engineered Capsule, Spirit of Young Engineer, and Young Engineer of the Year.