KS5 Engineering Scheme

Aims and Objectives:

  • To provide Y12 students with hands on work experience as part of a team
  • To provide opportunities for problem solving and working on a project that is relevant to a local company
  • To provide use of a university’s engineering workshops to develop, build and test solutions to the problem
  • To offer professional skills lectures on Communications (written, verbal and visual) and Project Management
  • To provide the opportunity to develop technical skills and see school physics, chemistry, technology etc applied in an industrial environment
  • To provide an opportunity to meet professional and graduate engineers, scientists and technologists
  • To give an opportunity for experience in presenting their solution, in a formal verbal presentation and formal written technical report, to a panel of senior professional engineers

Overview:

This is the first year that Bishop Challoner has been involved in the EES scheme, an initiative developed by the Engineering Development trust which links teams of four Year 12 or S5/S6 students and their teacher with local companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems. It provides students with an in-depth experience in science, engineering and technology that will enable them to make an informed decision about their future studies and career. Bishop Challoner subsequently enrolled on the programme and following a rigorous interview process, five of our Lower Sixth students were selected: Matthew Dean, Daniel McAndrew, Chelsea Dayao, William Doyle and Patrick Ryan.

The sixth month programme requires the team to work on a live project set by our industrial partner, network Rail. The brief our students have been asked to respond to concerns the problem of the theft of expensive copper cabling from the trackside. Our students must research and explore potential solutions to the problem which they will document in a formal report to be submitted on completion of the project. Meeting every Monday after school for 2 hours, students are supported by C.Catto, head of science and Network Rail engineers who visit school every week during this session.

Students will receive an EES National Certificate on successful completion of the programme and a Duke of Edinburgh Skills Certificate. They will also get the opportunity to compete for a British Association (BA) CREST Award. During their six-month project phase, students are encouraged to show industrial enterprise, creativity and innovation whilst gaining extensive experience of problem-solving, team-working and project management. All key key life skills are developed within the context of the world of work. The Scheme improves industrial and higher education links and can provide early access to high ability, potential graduate recruits.