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Enjoyneering


This ENJOYNEERING section is open to organisations that help inspire young people to become the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians in a fun and informative way. There are lots of opportunities to have fun in the process. One of the highest profile projects promoting technical skills in schools is BLOODHOUND


 

 



 

New to BLOODHOUND SCC?

Watch the Engineering Adventure video above on the left or Project Director Richard Noble explain the 1000mph challenge in more detail in the longer video on the right.



Like Creating, Doing & Designing things? Why not consider studying at the WMG Acaemy. We are now taking applications for y10 and y12 2015 entry to the WMG Academy.

 

Imagineering

Imagineering inspires and encourages youngsters to become the next generation of engineers and scientists contributing to the exciting technologies of the future, through fun, hands-on activity and personal involvement. It highlights how things are designed, how they are made and how they work - and the importance of modern engineering in our everyday lives.

Imagineering Fairs – and other public events across the UK feature some of the UK’s major manufacturers and engineering organisations, providing specially-designed activities for youngsters and opportunities for close-up inspection of mind-blowing technology not normally seen by us.

Click image for 2015 event dates 

 

 

Imagineering Clubs –These out-of-school Clubs for 9-12 year olds, run by volunteer engineer tutors and teachers, meet for an hour a week where children make a series of working engineering models from simple kits with real life applications.  They learn basic skills, use simple tools and follow set instructions to make models that they can then take home when complete – and most importantly they have fun! 

Imagineering Jaguar Land Rover Education Business Partnership Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire – This purpose-built, well-equipped education centre delivers an exciting range of curriculum-linked half and full day courses in engineering, science and technology, for Year 4 upwards, providing students with a unique opportunity to be hands-on in an environment outside their own classroom.

For more information about Imagineering events and activities and the work of this education charity visit http://www.imagineering.org.uk

 

 


 

 

 

F1 in Schools Ltd is a not-for-profit company established with committed partners to provide an exciting yet challenging educational experience through the magnetic appeal of Formula One.  F1 in Schools is rapidly realising its potential of becoming the only truly global educational programme that raises awareness of Formula One among students and school children in every region, in every country, on every continent.

Spanning age ranges of 9 to19 its main objective is to help change perceptions of engineering, science and technology by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, Formula One, science, marketing and technology.

See the News story article on the success of first time  "Rookie" entry from North Leamington School got on in the competition.

 


 

 
The 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge is a challenge aimed at key stage 3, 4 and 5 students in school / young people  aged 11 – 19 years old in any out of school initiative (i.e. STEM Clubs, Scouts, Cadets, Guides, Youth Clubs, etc...).

The challenge involves 4 to 6 team members working together to design and build a radio controlled 4-wheel-drive (4x4) vehicle, to set specifications, that can successfully negotiate a specially designed test track that emulates real life and what a full scale 4x4 vehicle can do. The challenge is an excellent opportunity for young people to work in teams and gain an awareness and understanding of project management using key skills.

 

For those interested in building things such as bridges, roads and buildings then have a look at the New Civil Engineering website and download the APP to have free access to articles.

Click the WPBD image below to have a go at designing a bridge.

     

 


Hints, Tips, and Job Opportunities for Young Engineers

Guest article by Matthew Foster from Metals4U

Over the last few years there have been a number of articles that predict a shortage inthe number of engineers in the UK. Speaking in the annual Engineering UK 2014 report, business secretary Vince Cable stated “The UK will need around 87,000 graduate level engineers per year over the next ten years: 2013 was 36,000 short of this”. This forecast is said to result in hindering the recovery and growth of construction, manufacturing and associated industries, as well as the wider UK economy.
Attempting to find a cause, an article written in The Engineer suggests that the shortage is caused by the previous generation of skilled workers gradually retiring, leaving behind a talent vacuum. There has been comment from key figures implying that the solution to this lies in the investment of time and money in the education of key engineering skills at school level.

 

When applying for positions, particularly if some interviews haven’t gone to plan, it can be hard to know exactly what you are missing. We thought that we would help out by giving a little bit of insider knowledge. We spoke to Hannah Cameron, Director of Cameron Balloons – the world’s largest manufacturer of hot air balloons, giving her opinions on what a company looks for in an applicant;

What qualities do you look for when recruiting engineering roles at Cameron Balloons?


Some of the main qualities that we look for when recruiting is flexibility, reliability, and the ability to exemplify strength in core engineering skills. When working in a small team it is important that the candidate shows to have a real knowledge of a range of engineering skills. Working in a company which is constantly pushing boundaries in what can be achieved requires real teamwork – people in the company have a range of personalities but each bring something to the project which allows Cameron Balloons to realise ambitious customer projects and aviation products.


Are there any qualifications that you like to see in a graduate application?


All our engineers currently employed through Cameron Balloons are of degree level 2:1 and up, though this isn’t a strict requirement. Employees have a range of qualifications from Aero Engineering to Mechanical Engineering. What’s imperative is that anybody looking for a job at Cameron Balloons has the right mix of abilities. Anybody who is being interviewed for a position in the company should also show the all-important can-do attitude, pro-activity and real ‘sparkle’ to make them stand out.

Why kind of career opportunities are available for someone to develop in these roles?


Working within a small company we offer the employees the opportunity to practice and develop a whole range of skills through working with a small team of specialist people. Working for smaller companies can mean that there is constant contact with each department of the process from design to completion. Furthermore the chance is given to travel to different countries for product testing and other work commitments.

Are there any organisations, societies, or resource platforms that you could suggest to get involved with that appeal on applications?


As is normal good practice but so often overlooked, if you want a job in a particular place – read all about the company, make sure you understand what it would be like to be involved there, understand their markets, know their website, check their news, know their competitors, have a few questions to ask your interviewer – in essence – show you care!


However, a report for the Royal Academy of Engineering, ‘Thinking like an engineer: Implications for the education system‘, states that the problem is not at higher education level but rather at primary and secondary education levels.
The report goes on to suggest that engineers often prescribe to 6 specific ways of thinking, or ‘Engineering Habits of Mind’ (EHoM). In order to stimulate a growth in the number of engineers in the UK, the education system currently in place would need to be revamped in order to encourage, as opposed to stifle, these six key traits.


This way of thinking is by no means exclusive to boys at school either, with the gender weighting of boys and girls achieving a GCSE in physics being almost equal. However the number of girls involved at higher levels waivers to a small 14% of the total first class engineering degrees.

 

Click on image for other blog articles by Matthew Foster at  Metals4U