Thursday 2nd November 2006 by C. Freeman
This year's Engineering in Education scheme has been launched at Brooke Weston to encourage and develop students' technical skills. The East Anglia region launch took place at the Weston theatre where students were given their design briefs for this year's competition. The scheme is aimed at encouraging young engineers to overcome and work through real life problems and many have the support of local industries which oversee and offer help on the projects.
Brooke Weston has two teams taking part this year, overseen by teachers Nigel Barrett and Jo Millard. The College has been fortunate that local employer, Corus, have given a lot of support in the past and this year looks to be no different. In previous years Corus has set Brooke Weston students a task associated with metal tubes which they produce at their plant in Corby, this year the teams have a different assignment; to process metal waste.
In heavy industry swarf (ground splinters of metal) is produced when metal is machined. Usually it is very oily and gathered into bins or drums for disposal. Steve has set students in Mr Barrett's team the task of using a forklift truck to gather the swarf and then to devise a process to separate the oil from the metal shards, recycling each material. Miss Millard's team has yet to be given their assignment.
In previous years teams working on the Engineering in Education projects have typically taken over 100 hours to develop and refine tools to fulfil the assignment so the students will have to put a lot of hard work in between now and the final presentation ceremony when they show their ideas to industry chiefs and other teams taking part in this region.