19 Jun 2012

CNC Machine Design Competition at STS Ras Al Khaimah

The new CNC machines created a lot of interest amongst the students at STS Ras Al Khaimah. After familiarizing themselves with all the different parts and their functions, and receiving Health and Safety advice on using the machines, the learners were set an exciting project: In groups, design and produce your own chess piece. First, they sketched their designs, then wrote programes for the CNC machine and finally produced their chess pieces.

The STS Ras Al Khaimah engineering teachers, Mr Robert Atkins and Mr Mohamed Hefnawy, together with the technician, Mr Silvano Borres Barboada, provided the groups with all the assistance that they needed. The students adopted the right attitude to the task – they understood, that in order to produce quality chess pieces, they had to dedicate a lot of time and effort to perfecting them, and they certainly rose up to the challenge.

All STS Ras Al Khaimah students gathered on Thursday 31st May 2012 to view the groups’ chess pieces and witness the judging. Six groups submitted their work – plans and chess pieces (all attempts), which were scrutinised by the judges – other STS RAK teachers. The judges considered individuality, accuracy and execution, and awarded overall marks. Some teachers were hard to please while others were generous, which went down well with the crowd.

Once the points had been added up, the winners were announced. The group’s design – rook – won justly; the design was complex, the piece matched the drawing precisely and it was very well executed. Still, everyone deserves praise because they all had a go and did their best.

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