Brothers scoop top awards in national engineering competition

Harry Raley from Fulford School, Runner Up UK Young Engineer of the Year at the National Science + Engineering Competition.

Harry Raley from Fulford School, Runner Up UK Young Engineer of the Year at the National Science + Engineering Competition.

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TWO brothers have put York on the map for young engineering talent after taking top titles in a national competition.

Fulford School pupils Harry and Charlie Raley took the spotlight in two different competitions at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, at the NEC in Birmingham.

Harry was crowned runner up UK Young Engineer of the Year in the National Science + Engineering Competition after designing and building his own 3D printer.

Charley impressed the judges to win the BAE Systems Inspired Work Prize for his project which saw him design and produce his own remote controlled helicopter with live video feed.

As part of his prize, Harry received £700, a medal and a certificate and Charlie won £500 and an experience prize.

Harry said: “I just wanted to be able to make something from scratch.

“I’ve made five or six 3D printers before, but the overall process of tinkering around and making a printer that is reliable has taken about two or three months.

"I’ve been working on it after I get home from work in the evenings. The building process didn’t actually take too long – it was more thinking about the process and the best way to create the machine.

“I would always tell people to never have any limitations to what they think is impossible and that actually nothing is impossible. If you think you can do it, you must be able to."

Commenting on Charlie’s award of the Inspired Work Prize, Clive Kelsall, engineering manager at BAE Systems, said: "The work showcased by Charlie was fantastic and an inspiration to all who saw it.

"The innovative project delivered by Charlie not only achieved superb results but also proved to be both influential and motivational to others."

Imran Khan, chief executive of the British Science Association which runs the National Science + Engineering Competition, said: “We’re thrilled that Harry and Charlie have been awarded these prestigious honours. Their projects really caught our imagination."

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