Students hone design and engineering skills as tech firm visits

From left, Tom Warner, Josh Hunter, Molly Hawxwell, Eloise Buck and Shuzeda Chowdhury ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150917-051)
From left, Tom Warner, Josh Hunter, Molly Hawxwell, Eloise Buck and Shuzeda Chowdhury ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150917-051)
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Pupils from Brune Park Community School in Gosport have been testing their science, technology, engineering, and maths (Stem) skills, spurred by a visit from employees at Lockheed Martin UK’s Havant site as well as educational charity The Smallpeice Trust.

The one-day challenge was designed to enhance students’ aptitude for lateral thinking, design, and engineering, 
and was geared to complement the National Curriculum.

The challenge saw the Year 8 students work in teams to design a storage unit in 
a reservoir to collect rainwater.

The students also worked together to develop a pumping system to transfer the water to a second storage unit in a nearby town, as well as on building a wind turbine to power the village.

Not only did the project have a specified time limit, but the students also had to work within budgetary constraints and according to aesthetic requirements.

Mimicking real engineering projects, the students were able to get hands-on with the task, helping them to understand more fully the complexities that projects such as these involve.

Stephen Ball, chief executive at Lockheed Martin UK, said: ‘As a technology-focused company with a significant presence in the UK, it’s fantastic to have the chance to excite the next generation about the possibilities of Stem projects and careers through an initiative like this.

‘It’s also really important to show students that maths and science are not boring subjects by engaging them in fun, creative engineering challenges.’