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Physics and Applied Physics students bid for Marshall’s Launchpad Scholarship

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Physics A level and Level 3 Applied Physics students have been given a civil engineering brief by Marshall as part of Marshall’s Cambridge Launchpad Scholarship award. The competition, which is in two stages, involves innovative bridge design.

The brief

Marshall want to be able to transport state-of-the-art containers (see photo below) to Ely by barge along the River Cam. However, there are three bridges en route, and in order to be granted permission to move the containers, Marshalls need to devise non-fixed bridges for two of the road crossings: at Clayhithe Road near Waterbeach and under the A1123. These bridges must be moveable / opening.

marshalls containerIn order to progress to the next round, each team of 4-6 students will have to:

• Research bridges that open to allow objects to pass underneath
• Produce a report showing their research and solution to the problem presented on the project brief
• Present their research and solution to a panel of engineering judges

The top team from Long Road will be invited to Marshall to take part in the next round. This involves:

• A day at Marshall building the bridge presented in their research
• The bridges being tested to destruction  at the end of the day

Two teams will be chosen as overall winners, and become the LaunchPad  Scholars of 2016. They will be invited to an awards dinner, and also be able to take part in an educational experience/industrial visit to Marshall in order to further their engineering interest.

David Jones, Physics course team leader, says: “This is a brilliant opportunity for our students to work together on a realistic engineering project. We have had an excellent response from our students to the initial visit and presentation by Marshall and look forward to entering several teams. We are very grateful to Marshall for devising such an excellent scheme to inspire the engineers of the future.”