Students excel in roundabout project

Shamik Shah, Michael Tang and Kyle Manning
Shamik Shah, Michael Tang and Kyle Manning

A group of Northampton Academy students who came up with their own ideas to improve traffic flow in a busy area of Northampton have been presented with engineering awards.

The three Year 12 students, Kyle Manning, Michael Tang and Shamik Shah were presented with the Gold CREST Award by the Engineering Development Trust.

Michael, Shamik and Kyle were involved in the real-life project organised by KierWSP, the highway and transport provider working with Northamptonshire County Council.

The sixth month project tested their skills in problem solving, applying maths and science knowledge to produce a solution that met the project brief.

Liam Bourne, senior engineer for Northamptonshire Highways at KierWSP set the task of increasing capacity of an existing highway roundabout junction.

He said: “This basically means getting more cars through the junction at any given time. This sounds daunting and in the beginning it was, but the team took to it and produced a feasible solution to the problem set.

“Learning new software and producing a drawing in the time set between A levels was no small challenge. The students rose to the challenge and did extremely well, breaking a large project into individual tasks.”