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Physics students at launch of Engineering Education Scheme

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhysics A level students visited the University of Hertfordshire for the launch of this year’s Engineering Education Scheme. We are extremely fortunate this year not only to have ARM mentoring a group of our students for a second year, but also to have Couch Perry Wilkes working with a second group.

The Engineering Education Scheme links teams of Year 12 students with local companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems. The scheme provides students with an in-depth experience of science, engineering and technology which will enable them to make an informed decision about their future studies and career.

Last year our team worked with ARM to design a drone which can locate specific objects. Practical applications included finding stock in a warehouse or locating a missing pet.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis year’s scheme was launched in January at an event at the University of Hertfordshire. Our two teams of students were introduced to their mentors from the Cambridge branches of IT company ARM and environmental building services company Couch Perry Wilkes. They then got to work on two projects.

The ARM students were tasked with designing a smart fridge which can identify foodstuffs as they are put in and taken out of the fridge and therefore tell consumers which stocks are low. This involved working with microchips, bar code readers and linked databases as well as coding an ultrasonic sensor. Some design technology was also required – building a prototype fridge out of wood.

Meanwhile, the Couch Perry Wilkes students set to work designing a carbon neutral house, which involved architectural as well as mechanical and electrical engineering skills.

The mentors from both companies will be meeting Long Road students regularly for the next six months to provide expertise and support. At the end of the project there will be an exhibition at the University of Hertfordshire, and students be able to compete for a British Science Association (BA) CREST Award.

David Jones, Physics course team leader, says: “We are extremely fortunate to be able to offer our students these mentorships through the EES. The project provides our students with an opportunity to use the University of Hertfordshire’s engineering facilities to develop, build and test products and to work with professionals from engineering and technological companies. The success of this scheme can be seen in the increased number of students going on to study engineering subjects at university or gaining apprenticeships and employment in engineering and related companies. I would like to thank ARM and Couch Perry Wilkes for the excellent initial work they have carried out with our students and very much look forward to seeing how the two projects evolve.”

Main photo: Josh Bailey coding an ultrasound sensor (ARM); Jonah Perry setting up a database (ARM); Georgina Shorey producing a floor plan (CPW)

Team photos:

ARM (top): Matthew Morris, Henry Hutchinson, Oliver (ARM mentor), Josh Bailey, Seb (ARM mentor), Jonah Perry, Barry (ARM mentor), David Jones (Long Road Physics course team leader), Ross Huggins and Sue Bridgeland (Long Road Engineering teacher)

CPW (bottom): Natalia Adamson, Harry Robinson, Georgina Shorey, Ben Anderson, David Jones (Long Road Physics course team leader).