Two teams of Sixth Formers attended a celebration day to mark the end of this year’s Engineering Education scheme. More than 60 schools took part in the Midlands region and, between them they tackled 76 different engineering problems, ranging from automotive, to civil and electrical engineering.
Each team did a presentation on their project and received feedback from professionals in the industry. One of our teams worked on a method of data logging for Benteler Automotive while the other looked at methods of improving road safety around Pattishall primary school with civil engineers MGWSP.
The students; Corey Clarke, Daniel Essom, Benedict Findlay, Vinh Ta, Jacob Guthrie, Pippa Hawkley, Lewis Still and Daniel Tough are all in line for a CREST gold award, having devoted more than 100 hours each to the project. Their ideas may be implemented, in full or in part, after they make a final presentation to Benteler and Pattishall primary school next month.
Pippa said: ‘Obviously at the celebration day we got to see loads of different projects which gave us an appreciation of all the employers that there are within a commutable distance. There was a guest speaker from Rolls Royce and he was telling us of the mistakes people make when they apply. It was good to hear of such a massive employer talking to us about getting into that sort of company.
‘We presented our project to four engineers. Our solution does cover all of the problems that we saw. Our engineer, Andrew Avallone has got funding for a zebra crossing, two variable message signs, the removal of the existing road safety features and double yellow lines.
‘I enjoyed the Engineering Education Scheme as it brings together a lot of skills. We basically split up into pairs and had one pair doing the write ups, the finances and the report, and the other two building a scale model to present to the school. I was mostly involved in the write-up. Our report, including tables and photographs came to 64 pages. It was a lot of work but the only way to get into some of these very competitive companies is to have a project like this in your portfolio.’