Unique engineering experience for Daniel
A budding engineer from St. Mary’s College has been given a unique insight into the career at a special event at the University of Liverpool.
Year 9 pupil Daniel Frampton from Aughton was invited to take part in a three-day residential Engineering Experience course, run by charity the Smallpeice Trust. The Trust promotes engineering as a career, and describes this course as a hands-on learning experience featuring representatives from some of the country’s best-known organisations.
Divided up into small teams, students from across Merseyside worked on a number of challenges with the help of role-model engineers from big industry names like Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, the Royal Navy and Transport for London. Projects included designing and building a 4x4 vehicle, a wind turbine, an extension to the Northern Tube Line and a warship, all of which had to comply with certain criteria.
Pupils were guided through all stages of product development, from initial concepts to final testing. They also had to bear in mind real-life issues such as the need to work within a budget and to make the projects commercially viable.
Gemma Murphy, Head of Marketing and Development for the Smallpeice Trust, said: “These challenging projects were led by some of the top names in the engineering industry, for which we are very grateful. All of the Year 9 students involved embraced this exciting opportunity and showed real dedication and enthusiasm for their projects and the course as a whole.”
14-year-old Daniel commented: “I really enjoyed taking part in this course. I particularly enjoyed the mechanical engineering activity we did with Jaguar Land Rover, where we had to design the moving parts of a car. It was all really good fun.”
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