Pershore High School students Alix Freckelton, Ryan Hobbs, Vanessa Kostadinova and Edward Jordan recently displayed their innovative solution to a real world of work problem at the Engineering Education Scheme (EES) Celebration and Assessment Day.
The Celebration Day was the final part of the EES award (a national programme, providing talented Year 12 technology, maths and science students hands-on experience of engineering with the sponsorship and help of local companies.)
For the past five months, professional engineers from the partner organisations have been working with the teams of students and their teachers on real engineering challenges. A broad range of projects have been undertaken throughout the Scheme’s programme and fantastic results have been achieved across the West Midlands.
We were delighted to work with Worcester, Bosch Group and our mentor Paul Kershaw (Development Engineer,) was very keen to further develop greater links with our school, and to communicate his passion for engineering.
“I really enjoyed the experience of working with young, enthusiastic engineers to create a well thought out product with real potential. It was great to see the progression from the students’ initial ideas on a piece of paper to a final working product.”
Back in September the students were presented with an engineering challenge set by Worcester, Bosch Group, a company which specialise in manufacturing of heating and hot water products. The students were tasked with designing and building a product to prevent waste water from damaging a residential boiler (Backfill Prevention Device).
The four students faced numerous challenges over the duration of the scheme, but through a great deal of determination discovered the solutions required.
One of the highlights for them was a four-day residential stay at Birmingham University, where they were able to work with lecturers and employ their machining facilities; a fantastic opportunity to experience university life.
Alix Freckelton (Team Leader) said, “The engineering education scheme has been an incredibly challenging experience that has allowed me to develop useful skills that can be applied to a wide range of situations. Though demanding, the assessment day was a valuable insight into formal presentations and interaction with professionals.”
Neil Harding (Head of Technology) said, "It was a very challenging time for the students, but they coped with everything amazingly well and learned a great deal. I firmly believe that the experience has excited and enthused them, which of course, was one of the main objectives behind the scheme.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Paul Kershaw, Kate Hayward and Dave Ball who have been of great support to the group.”
The Engineering Education Scheme is part of The Royal Academy of Engineering’s BEST Programme, challenging students from all over the UK to solve industrial problems set by local companies.