Article - Issue 13, August 2002

Engineering Education Scheme – Celebration of engineering talent

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On 22 April 36 teams of Year 12 students, teachers and leading engineers from across the East Midlands celebrated the completion of six months’ hard work when they showcased their engineering projects at the Ford College in Loughborough. This event, organised by the East Midlands region of the Engineering Education Scheme in England, represented one of 13 such celebration days across the UK.

The guest speaker at the event, organised by the Engineering Education Scheme, was the engineer and broadcaster Kate Bellingham, who said that she was constantly amazed by the level of commitment and knowledge of the young people who have taken part in the Scheme.

The Engineering Education Scheme takes place annually, with this year’s East Midlands programme launched at the National Space Centre in October 2001. Each team includes four or five Year 12 students, a teacher and an engineer from a leading company. At the launch, each team was set by its company a challenging engineering project to be completed within six months. Projects this year include:

  • The collection of energy as distributed gas is reduced in pressure by Transco

  • The investigation of particle emissions from the Cupola Gas Cleaning System at Saint-Gobain Pipelines plc, Staveley.

  • Rapid measurement of car brake linings thickness for in-line processing, for Federal Mogul Friction Products Ltd.

  • A method of installing a BT phone line across the road safely, without interfering with traffic.

  • Investigating methods of removing fish from the fresh water supply for Severn Trent Water.

Professor Chris Backhouse, Dean of Engineering at Loughborough University said, ‘I saw some of the projects in development during the workshops held at Loughborough in December last year and I am very much looking forward to seeing the results. The Engineering Education Scheme provides the ideal environment for students to develop interdisciplinary experience and excellent communication skills that will help them in their chosen careers.’

Participating teams and projects 2001/2002 –

East Midlands

Ashfield Comprehensive School/Severn Trent Water Ltd

To design a portable telemetry unit for use in sewage treatment process control

Branston Community College/Marconi Applied Technologies

To design a universal quick release pressure adapter

Brookfield Community School/Fusion Provida Ltd

Flow stemming for large diameter polyethylene pipe

Burleigh Community College/3M Health Care Ltd

Aerosol drying optimisation

Carre’s Grammar School/RAF Waddington

Forward and aft lower lobe emergency lighting on E3-D Sentry Aircraft

Derby Grammar School/Serco Rail Maintenance

To devise a means of checking the height of track ballast

Dukeries Community College/Severn Trent Water Ltd

To investigate the efficiency of 3 bench scale bio-reactors

Elizabethan High School/Dexion Ltd

To design a small clutch mechanism

Garibaldi School/Transco

Energy retrieved from the reduction of gas pressure

Groby Community College/Advantica Technologies Ltd

To design a gas meter to be read by anyone with a disability

Highfields School/Severn Trent Water

To design an emergency chemical dosing system for sewage

Kesteven & Grantham Girls School/Fenland Food Company

To investigate energy recovery from effluent plant overflow

Kimberley School/Saint-Gobain Pipelines plc

Improvement in the manufacture of pipeline end rings

King Edward VII C College (Coalville)/Transco

Software design for data retrieval from gas stations

King Edward VII College (Melton)/Pedigree Masterfoods

To design a unit to measure percentage ice crystal content in meat emulsion

Landau Forte College/AEA Technology Rail

To design equipment to measure various aspects of railway lines

Lady Manners School/Federal Mogul Friction Products

Design a means of measuring the thickness of car brake linings in line

Lincoln Christ Hospital School/The Environment Agency

To design a temporary flood defence system for a variety of applications

Lincoln School of Science & Tech./Rose Bearings

To apply resin to a Rose type D self lubricating liner

Loughborough Grammar School/Druck Ltd

To design a pressure pulse protection device

The National C/E School/Rolls Royce plc

To review commercial systems of component support

Nottingham High School for Girls/British Army Military Works Force

To determine the supply and distribution of water to a refugee camp

Nottingham High School 1/Siemens Communication Systems 1

To design the software to test a phone to be used with the Internet

Nottingham High School 2/ Siemens Communication Systems 2

To design, build & test a traffic sensor communication mechanism

Oakham School 1/Anglian Water Services Ltd 1

Reduction of manual labour input for dried sludge bagging unit

Oakham School 2/Anglian Water Services Ltd 2

Accurate method of measurement of lime dosage to sludge

Queen Elizabeth High School/Eminox Ltd

To design a silencer end cap welding manipulator

The Beauchamp College/British Telecomm

Designing a safer method of overhead phone cable installation

The Ecclesbourne School/Rolls Royce plc

Production of interactive CD Rom to support RR Heritage Trust Exhibition

The Grove School/Flowserve Pumps (UK) Ltd

Improvement of pump casing, fixtures and tooling

The Kings School (Grantham)/RAF Coningsby

Reduction of Tornado tyre temperature in fast turnaround situation

The Pingle School/Severn Trent Water Ltd

Recovery of fish from the first stage of water treatment

Tuxford Comprehensive School/Greene, Tweed & Co

Design & make a fatigue testing machine for PTFE and PTFE compounds

Valley Comprehensive School/Saint-Gobain Pipelines plc

Investigating the particulate emissions from the Cupola Gas Cleaning System William Farr C/E Comp.

School/George Fischer (Lincoln) Ltd

Hot sprue removal from a process belt

Wyggeston & QE 1 College/Linread Northbridge

Automating packaging for high specification bolts

The Engineering Education Scheme

The Engineering Education Scheme (EES) currently involves nearly 1700 students all over the UK. It is one part of the Best programme promoted by the Royal Academy of Engineering to encourage able students to take up and continue with careers in engineering.

For more details, see the November 2001 issue of Ingenia and www.engineering-education.org.uk

The EESE East Midlands sponsors are:

Nottingham Consortium

Loughborough University

Leicestershire SETPOINT

Cottam Power Station

BAE Systems

Balfour Beatty

Siemens Communications

Ford Motor Company

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