Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Future Brunels Scheme 2012

The Future Brunels Scheme is a five year enrichment programme run by the Brunel Institute based at the ss Great Britain. The scheme aims to foster and develop student’s interests in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in an attempt to inspire students to follow in the footsteps of Isambard Kingdom Brunel himself. The scheme was launched last year and three current Year 8 students (Charlotte, Fergus and Ewan) are now coming to the end of their first year as Future Brunels. They have thoroughly enjoyed their experience of the scheme so far and have gained valuable skills, which they have transferred to their learning at RGS.

Current Year 7 students were introduced to the scheme this year in an assembly and were asked to write a letter of application explaining why they would be suitable. Teachers were also asked to nominate students who show the relevant skills and attributes required for this scheme. These students were invited along to the first selection stage.

Representatives from Rolls Royce came to RGS to run a STEM activity as part of the first selection stage on Tuesday, 24 April. The task was to build a small motorised vehicle from materials such as card, plastic and wood. The students were introduced to the engineering behind car building and then set to work.  At the end of the day the groups raced their cars to determine the winner. All students worked very well in their teams and the staff from the Brunel Institute had a tough job selecting twelve students to go onto the next selection stage.

        

On Thursday, 10 May, twelve students who successfully passed the first selection day travelled to the ss Great Britain to take part in the second and final selection process. All the students were split into separate groups and joined students from three other Bristol schools taking part in the scheme. The day was run by the Small Piece Trust and the task was to build a bridge and aqueduct to carry one litre of water and support a 3kg weight. The students spent all morning designing and building their bridges and at lunch took a short tour around the ss Great Britain. After lunch it was time to test the bridges. Most of the bridges held up very well, supporting the weight and carrying the water without faltering. I was very impressed with how well the RGS students worked with the students from the other schools and the creative and well thought out designs they produced.

        

Congratulations to all the Year 7 students who took part in the selection process for the Future Brunel Scheme. The standard of work produced was excellent and I know the staff from the Future Brunel Scheme had a very difficult job narrowing down the students to only three. The three students selected to take part in the scheme are:

Romi, Harry and Adam

I hope those that were not selected continue to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and maths in school and beyond. We wish Romi, Harry and Adam all the best as they begin this exciting five year enrichment programme and look forward to discovering the next Brunel!

First selection stage

Second selection stage

The Future Brunels

Romi

Harry

Adam

Georgia

George

Elsa

Eric

Izzy 

Joe

Alistair

Rainaa

Tom 

Dylan

Ella

Alex

Harri 

Beth

Ollie

Ben

Kiran

Lily

Wilf

Sam

Cameron

Jordan

Michael 

Steph

Ben

Duncan 

Sarah

 

Romi

Harry

Adam

Georgia

Elsa

Joe

Beth

Ben

Lily

Cameron

Sarah

Alex

 

Romi

Harry

Adam

 

Miss Diment

Enrichment coordinator

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