Tuesday 20th November 2007 by C. Freeman
Four students are to pit their wits against a real life engineering challenge for this year's Engineering Education scheme. Emily Davis, Matthew Prested, Alistair Thorpe and Charlie Mawby, all from Year 12, made a site visit to Corus to see the problem at first hand. The Brooke Weston team have to come up with an effective way of testing chemicals used in the production process at Corus. Currently eight tanks of chemicals have to be monitored daily by hand; the Brooke Weston team now have to devise a more effective, and possibly mechanised, method.
It is the fifth year that our students have worked in conjunction with Corus, with their engineering manager, Steve Goode, acting in a consultancy role and giving the students feedback and guidance.
The Engineering Education scheme is an annual nationwide challenge. Regional events are held where students present their engineering solutions to be assessed by design and industry professionals.
Projects tackled by Brooke Weston students in previous years have included running cables through lamp-posts, designing lifting poles for steel tubes and removing oil from scrap swarf. The cabling solution devised by our students was so successful it was actually introduced in the production process!
DT Teacher, Mr Barrett oversees the project each year. He said: 'The students have a good range of skills and they work collaboratively.'
They will now come up with several possible solutions to this problem before deciding on the best strategy. They will attend a three day residential at the University of Northampton just before Christmas, working on prototypes of their design in the university's workshops.
Mr Barrett said: 'We're very lucky that Corus supports us so well. Anything we need they will buy because it's a real life problem and they need a real life solution. We're lucky with Steve because he always chooses something that is a very do-able project. Other teams have projects where there's actually no chance of solving it. Steve is experienced so he chooses a project that is achievable within the timescale.'