Brooke Weston has entered two teams into this year’s Engineering Education scheme and both are now hard at work coming up with solutions to very different problems.
One team, comprising Jacob Guthrie, Phillipa Hawkley, Lewis Still and Daniel Tough, is investigating traffic flow and possible safety improvements around a county primary school. Corey Clarke, Daniel Essom, Benedict Findlay and Vinh Ta have been tasked with a technological issue at Benteler Automotive.
Both teams of Sixth Formers will undertake hours of research, design and planning, including a three-day residential at the Loughborough University. They will have to design solutions to the tasks, test and implement them and then describe the process at an end-of-year presentation to industry experts.
The aim of the Engineering Education Scheme is to introduce Sixth Formers to real life design technology problems, in which they are mentored by industry professionals and teachers.
Mr Barrett is overseeing both teams’ work. He said: ‘We have two totally different teams doing different things. I was keen to run a second team this year because I was always disappointed that only four students per year previously had the opportunity to do something that is really monumental.’
He took the first group to Pattishall Primary School on a fact-finding trip to see the layout of the school and traffic flow in the vicinity to strategise a ‘safe route to school’. The group will be supported by MGWSP, the contractors responsible for maintaining more than 4,000 kilometres of roads across the county. The project will focuses on designing and implementing safety measures. A team last year carried out a similar project focussing on Kingswood School in Corby.
The other team toured Benteler Automotive, a multi-national company, whose Corby base fabricates components for leading motor manufacturers. The team have been tasked with transferring data on the quality of welds from the production line back to a computer. The system as it stands is now paper based, so the team are looking at using more technological solutions.
Benedict Findlay said: ‘We are thinking about using a Raspberry Pi, or maybe a tablet with a touch screen or something similar and then writing a programme to input the data as it has to be portable. Engineering is a possible career and doing this project looks good on a CV and will give me an insight into the possibilities available.’