Team registrations for Design Challenge 2022 are now open.
First- and second-year university teams are required to design and build a line launcher which can be used to fire a rope from one ship to another at sea, or for various other rescue scenarios, such as delivering a line to a high-rise building, or pulling a zip line over a divide. The aim is to produce a small-scale indoor device, to fire a squash ball attached to a line, at a horizontal target, from various distances. There are many methods of firing projectiles; such devices require a controlled and safe method of energy storage with a reliable release mechanism.
The Design Challenge gives participants the chance to develop their engineering knowledge, soft skills and practical abilities on a specific project. As a result, competitors are exposed to the ‘real world’ of engineering. Design Challenge Founder David Ball notes that “The competition covers the key requirements of a professional engineer and gives the students an insight into what will be expected of them when they graduate.”
Viliam Kacerik, a member of University College London’s second-year Design Challenge 2021 team, had the following to say about taking part:
“The Design Challenge has been as much about enriching my technical skills, as much as it was about meeting new people and developing my communication skills. I would highly recommend participation in this competition to other students!”
In the meantime, take a look back at our previous Challenge results and event photo galleries to be inspired to take part in the 2022 edition of the Design Challenge.