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University Academy Keighley

Tomorrow’s Engineers

12 students from the academy gained themselves a place at a special ‘Engineering Extravaganza’ in early November.  The STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) event was hosted by The Science and Media Museum, Bradford as part of ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers Week’.

With only 12 places available, selection was made after all students in years 8 and 9 were given the opportunity to write a personal statement explaining why they should attend the event. It appears that we have a host of budding engineers with 63 students submitting a statement- the places could have been filled 4 times over.

Year 9 student, Eshaan Vaheed was one of the students chosen after he wrote: “I am really passionate about engineering and technology.  In my spare time I like to research what’s new and what affects us every day and how we are still here.  Technology and engineering has made a huge impact to the environment and I’m determined to increase my knowledge.”

Fellow student Alyan Ibrar, who was also chosen, stated: “I am interested in engineering I also love learning how things work and why they work like that. The experience could be a great contribution to my learning, it will also be a fun way to learn new things.”

At the ‘Extravaganza’ students engaged in fun engineering projects- such as creating an air-powered model of the Bloodhound car, which is hoping to raise the World Land Speed Record.  There were also hands-on challenges to teach them about the world of materials and engineering. Students had to use their problem solving skills to design and model a high rise structure in Lego that would be able to withstand the forces of nature and engineer a container that would withstand the forces of a cargo drop and keep it contents safe. They also watched Imax movie ‘Big Dream: Engineering Our World’ and attended a fascinating lecture on current and future materials used in medicine, textiles and construction.

Following the event students also gave a presentation about their experience to a staff assembly.

Mrs Arana, Teacher of Technology and Science, who organised the trip said: “The students were a credit to the school and impressed everyone with their enthusiasm and tenacity.  The activities were inspiring and based on real life situations that tomorrow’s engineers will be encountering. They had lots of fun whilst gaining a deeper knowledge of engineering and project management.”

Tomorrow’s Engineering Week took place from 5-9 November 2018, with the aim of changing  perceptions of engineering among young people, their parents and teachers and to inspire future engineers. The ‘Engineering Extravaganza’ was developed with four leading engineering institutions– Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM³) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


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