As most of you will be aware, the Tour De France comes to Yorkshire this year. This is going to be an incredibly important event for the area, and many businesses and institutions are using it as an opportunity to celebrate or initiate projects based on the race. One such is the University of Leeds STEM Challenge. This was a competition which asked students to research into the Biology of Endurance and then design an interactive model to demonstrate key effects on the body.
A team from Notre Dame consisting of Kreigh Williams, Luke Andrews, Rebecca Connor, Isobel Rycroft and Rania Benameur entered the national competition and won first prize!
Work on the project involved students from Biology, PE and DT working together to create a model that demonstrates how the heart and lungs are affected by endurance cycling. The Biologists did the research; the PE students demonstrated the effects and the DT department created the actual model.
As part of the prize, the university plan to develop the prototype into a real display to be found on campus and the Notre Dame team will have the opportunity to work with the university in developing the prototype into its final display. It’s hoped that when the model is developed it will be fully interactive with LED lights along the route. The model will be displayed in the University of Leeds to commemorate the Tour de France Grand Depart 2014.
As first place winners, the team also can choose between up to two iPad minis or a trip to the University in July to see the Grand Depart of the Tour De France.
The judges from STEM commented ‘Please thank your group for all the effort they put in. We received some brilliant entries but your group’s stood out as the best! It is impressive to have entered such a project outside of their own work.’
Competition winner Luke Andrews said ‘I’m really looking forward to it being built and to working with the design team at the university’
This is a tremendous achievement by our students and we congratulate everyone involved.