Report by Year 12 Design students Matthew, Ying, Jonathan and Michael
We have been participating in the Engineering Education Scheme (EES) since September 2016. The scheme aims to give Sixth Form students invaluable experience in STEM-related careers within industry by providing a company and a project for each school involved. The scheme also allows its participants to qualify for a British Science Association Gold CREST award.
Throughout the past six months we have participated in weekly meetings with engineers from our company (Royal HaskoningDHV), conducted a huge amount of research, tested our model to ensure the coding was correct for our ‘Redevelopment of Salford Quays’ design brief and produced a professional engineering report. The EES Celebration Assessment Day was a chance to showcase all of our hard work.
On Wednesday 26 April 2017 we made our way to the University of Liverpool to deliver our presentation and set up our presentation boards all the while waiting to be called in to meet and present to the assessors. Luckily, our allotted time was late on which gave us plenty of time to practice. Our presentation went really well and the assessors were extremely impressed that we were able to talk coherently without the need for any fancy PowerPoint!! In fact all the feedback was really positive and they were keen to point out all aspects of our presentation, prototype and report were highly professional!
After this a 'fair' was set up with all the different projects completed by the other participating schools on display. We stood at our stand and answered questions from other assessors and fellow students on our own project and took the opportunity to do the same to other schools who were also participating in the EES scheme. This allowed for us all to appreciate one another's achievements and it really highlighted the amount of effort everyone had put in to their projects over the past six months. We were lucky enough to win one of the three awards presented on the afternoon by EDT - the Pupils' Choice Award, and we are extremely pleased by this!
In the afternoon there was an interesting lecture by a former EDT winner on his chosen Engineering field which was really interesting and allowed us to see the level of success that can be achieved through hard work.
We have learnt many valuable skills during the course of this project, such as time management, working together as a team and being able to communicate successfully with others; possibly the most important though - the ability to meet deadlines! The scheme has given us a taste of what life as an engineer might be like and the numerous different paths that such a career might take and it certainly seems like a vast and varied one.
As a team would like to thank Royal HaskoningDHV for all of their invaluable support - not only at our weekly meetings at College but also on the numerous University days we have had; the University of Liverpool for hosting the residential workshop and allowing us to use their facilities; Miss Mutch for the amount of time she has given in supporting us on this project and the Engineering Education Scheme for providing us with this exceptional opportunity.
The 2017 EES Students