Star Student: Sadie, Year 8

Back in September 2016, Sadie from Year 8 attended the Bring Your Child To Work Day at HMS Drake at Babcock, Davenport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth.

The day – a first of its kind for Babcock – was a fantastic opportunity for school children to visit the Dockyard and see first-hand the wide range of engineering activities that the team perform on-site.

Sadie explains: “My dad works at Babcock, so I got the opportunity to visit the Dockyard which was absolutely brilliant. It was great to see what my dad does and what the whole place is like behind the scenes.”10112016KR - Star Student Sadie Keast - Boat 2 (800x634)

In the afternoon, following a tour of the dockyard, HMS Courageous and the Heritage Museum, Sadie took part in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activity, which saw her construct a Fan Powered Boat from scratch with other children in her 11-13 age group.

Sadie said: “I set to work on my boat using all kinds of things including a switch, circuit, polystyrene wheels, wires, batteries and a motor – all connected with hot glue and streamlined for speed!”

Sadie’s boat, which she named SS Babcock – pictured right, complete with a chocolate coin figurehead – proved even faster than she expected during the test on open water: “I’ve got to say, some of the other boats looked amazing and I was a bit unsure, but when mine was launched I discovered just how quick it is! It was faster than any of the others.”

At the end of the day, the winner of the fastest Fan Powered Boat competition was announced by the Director of Babcock, and Sadie was ecstatic when her name was called and she was presented with a trophy: “I’ve never won a trophy before!, Sadie said. “I’ve always been unlucky, I’ve never had my name called out at an awards show before either so I could not be happier that I won!”

“It was the perfect end to an amazing day.”