EIGHT 14 year-old students from The Grays School Media Arts College were invited to attend an Engineering Experience residential course held at the University of Cambridge. Run by the Smallpeice Trust, its aim is to encourage students to consider engineering as a career.
Working in teams with students from around the country, the TGSMAC students tackled “real-life” challenges posed by organisations such as Aston Martin, BAE systems, Jackson Civil Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover and the Royal Navy. These included designing and building a bridge, car, submarine and war ship to meet stringent criteria.
Jake Collins, enjoyed the experience hugely. “I got to use my maths and science skills in a practical, real-life situation and I was able to get a good look at life in a university college. I think that I might like to go to Clare College in the future and I’m definitely considering engineering. The formal dinner in college was very impressive.”
Their efforts led to all eight students gaining the Crest Award in recognition of their practical application of research, design and make and science communication skills.