How do you design and build a machine that will fire tomatoes up to 50 metres away? The answer: you ask Swindon based ballistic expert Nikki Woolmore.
Nikki, 27, recently took part in the hugely popular Scrapheap Challenge Roadshow, which will be screened on Channel 4,on 18 December.
Heading up the team the Ballistic Babes, Nikki and her teammates engineered the tomato-firing machine using a central heating pressure tank, plastic pipes and pressurised air and water.
Competing against other Scrapheap Challengers, the Ballistic Babes were tasked with firing tomatoes to hit a range of targets, gradually getting more difficult as the competition wore on.
Nikki, one of the EPSRC’s science and engineering role models (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) is keen to use the programme to show just how much fun science can be. She said, “Scrapheap Challenge is such a brilliant programme and so much fun to do. All the machines in the competition used some amazing science and engineering principals, so it just goes to show you that these subjects are not boring at all!”
To find out how Nikki and the Ballistic Babes did, tune in on the 18 December, 5.30pm.
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