The University of South Wales recently hosted and mentored six groups of young students from local schools and colleges who were participating in the Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) national competition.
EESW encourage young people into engineering and offer exciting activities to develop students’ interest and capability in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. The annual engineering competition provides sixth form students with the opportunity to work with company engineers to solve real engineering problems.
By participating in the activity, students develop a range of employability skills such as problem solving and team work, in addition to gaining greater understanding of industry and engineering as a career.
The group of 36 sixth form students who attended the three day event, were from Caerleon Comprehensive School, Coleg Gwent Ebbw Vale campus, St Albans High School and St Josephs High School. The sixth form students were also mentored by current Secondary Teaching Design & Technology students who helped create their designs.
The challenging projects ranged from developing working wind turbines and designing a storage hose pipe system for the National Grid, to problem solving how to detect damage on airplane wheels and redesigning airplane table seats for 1st Class passengers for Aerospace Wales.
Bilhar Lehal, senior lecturer in Design and Technology organised the EESW event on campus.
Bilhar said about the opportunity “This has been an excellent way to promote STEM education within the institution. Working with industrial partners and schools has benefited the students tremendously as they can clearly see the rewards gained by working with external agencies.”
In total, over 60 teams participated in the national competition by attending various teaching centres across Wales. The results of the competition will be announced at an awards ceremony in March 2015 at the Celtic Manor Resort.