Redland Green School

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RGS Students Enjoy ECITB Engineering Experience!

From 14 to 17 April, Adam S and Harry W (Year 9), students from Redland Green School, benefitted from a unique learning experience at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

Sponsored by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) and delivered by educational charity The Smallpeice Trust, this 4-day residential gave 13 and 14 year-old students a valuable insight into the exciting industry of engineering construction through a series of exciting, hands-on workshops and demonstrations.

Over the four days, over eighty students were mentored by real-life engineering professionals and guided through every stage of project development, from initial design ideas to final testing.

Competing in teams, students were set the challenge of planning, designing and working on two projects that really stretched their imagination and encouraged them to think laterally. The first project was led by Doosan Power Systems and involved building a bridge that could support the most weight.  The second project was led by The Smallpeice Trust, where students had to build a working wind turbine measuring a set height.  The turbine had to generate electricity and incorporate a lift system using pulleys.  Throughout the design-and-make process, students were confronted with real-life issues, including the need to work to a budget while making the project commercially viable.   Students also received a valuable careers talk from Siemens.

The social programme included a film night, sports activities and a formal dinner and disco.

David Edwards, Chief Executive, ECITB, said: “We are proud to work alongside The Smallpeice Trust to support the promotion of careers in the engineering construction industry. The residential experiences are incredibly successful and our members also recognise the benefits of engaging with young students to broaden their knowledge of the engineering construction industry and the careers it offers. It’s imperative that we work in partnership to attract the high number of new entrants needed to fulfil the demands of the industry.” 

Dr Kevin P Stenson, Chief Executive of The Smallpeice Trust commented, “We are delighted that the Engineering Construction Industry Board continue to sponsor this course at Harper Adams University. Engineering construction has played and continues to play a vital role in major projects including Heathrow Terminal 5, the Olympic Aquatic Centre roof and Wembley Stadium and it is absolutely vital that we inspire the engineers of tomorrow in preparation for even more exciting projects to come!”

All Smallpeice courses are linked to the National Curriculum and are designed to improve core skills such as team building, financial management, communication and problem solving. By attending one of our courses students will gain experience of university and working life that will accelerate their personal development and their potential for greater academic achievement.

The Smallpeice Trust ECITB Engineering Experience course is part of an ongoing programme of subsidised residential courses to help young people aged 12 to 18 develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing.

Founded by Dr Cosby Smallpeice in 1966, The Trust has grown tremendously over the past 47 years, helping thousands of young people find a successful career in a multitude of disciplines within the industry from engineering materials, marine technology and naval architecture to nanotechnology and structural engineering. Through running residential courses and STEM enrichment days and clubs, 17,495 students have attended a Smallpeice activity in the past year.

Bookings are now being taken for summer residential courses. Visit smallpeicetrust.org.uk for more information.