Margate RNLI supporting the local community
Margate RNLI’s involvement with a local amateur radio club has allowed a group of young students to explore electronics skills in the surroundings of their local lifeboat station.
Ian Lowe is one of RNLI Margate’s Deputy Launching Authorities also a member of the Hilderstone Radio Club and recently one of the club’s special workshops was held at the station. Five girls from St Joseph’s Primary School in Broadstairs who call themselves the STEMettes (science, technology, engineering and maths) were tasked with building a flashing LED circuit including changing resistors in the circuit to alter the flashing rate.
The all-weather lifeboat was responding to a call at the time of the girls’ visit and two of the station’s lifeboat crew, Nick Titcombe and Rob Stringer were able to join in with the electronics class.
Ian Lowe, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate Lifeboat said: “We were able to offer interesting surroundings for the club’s classes as part of our engaging with the local community. One of the girls is taking her foundation licence exam next week, so we are looking forward to her operating the radio for the RNLI special event radio station in January.”
Photo: Lifeboat crewmembers Nick Titcombe and Rob Stringer with the five students from St Joseph’s Primary School (Hilderstone Radio Club)
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