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GSAL hosts Yorkshire launch of Engineering Education Scheme

Friday 19 October 2012

The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) has teamed up with the Engineering Development Trust to launch a scheme that aims to turn today’s sixth form students into tomorrow’s engineers.

The EDT’s Engineering Education Scheme (EES) promotes links between students and local engineering firms, to give students the opportunity to work on real life engineering solutions with a professional mentor.

As David Robinson, Business Manager with the EDT, explains: “The engineers set the students relevant, implementable projects that can make an impact on their company. They meet regularly with the students, who then take their design to a university department to test its viability during a three day residential, finally writing and presenting a report on the project.

“The engineers are there to challenge, advise and support the students, who by the end of the journey will be able to make informed choices about university applications and their future careers.”

At the Yorkshire launch of the EES, hosted by GSAL, students from across the county enjoyed a taste of the challenges they might face during the EES. Activities during the day included a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style product design task and the test of making a useable chair from 20 balloons – in complete silence!

A team of GSAL’s sixth form students who, under the name ‘Team Omicron’, completed the scheme last year gave a presentation on their experiences. Team leader Chris Jarvis said: “The EES is a big opportunity to get some real life experience and will be very useful to you – as a result of working on our project to design an aquatic centre I’ve decided that civil engineering is the route I want to take.”

The launch event was attended by representatives of the EDT and Sheffield Hallam University, engineers from local companies and teachers and students from the following schools:

  • Tapton School, Sheffield
  • Longley Park Sixth Form College, Sheffield
  • Greenhead College, Huddersfield
  • Heckmondwike Grammar School
  • Skipton Girls’ High School
  • The Grammar School at Leeds

Team Omicron are pictured with GSAL’s Head of Physics Tom Rogerson (centre left) and David Robinson of the EDT (centre right).

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