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Engineering Project With Aston Martin

The Engineering Education Scheme in England and Scotland is an EDT Programme which links teams of four Y12 students and their teacher with local companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems.  We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with Aston Martin on a real problem they were trying to solve.  Read an account from the girls on the six month project they were a part of.

Back in October we teamed up with engineers from Aston Martin to work on a real problem they were trying to solve. We were tasked to investigate how to find a sound that was coming from the torque tube when the engine was running at idle speed.

The next part of the brief was to try and decide how to measure the vibration that was causing the noise. We had a great time working with the engineers from Aston Martin, Tony Green, Hilary Andrew and David Hall.

As part of the project, we did a three day residential at Birmingham University, which proved a fascinating opportunity to speak with lecturers, use their workshop and have a chance to see how the university set up and ran various research tests they were doing on engines.

The programme culminated in a Celebration Day.  There were hundreds of other schools represented and each one was working with a different engineering organisation. We had to do a presentation to five engineers who then came round to our stand to question us further about how we had managed and solved the problem. It really was an incredible day and the opportunity to see how Engineers work so hard so that our world can be a better place was inspirational.

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The Engineering Education Scheme provides students with an in-depth experience in science, engineering and technology that will enable them to make an informed decision about their future studies and career.
 
This is achieved by giving the students, in a 6 month programme;

  • Hands-on work experience as part of a team
  • Experience of problem solving, working on a project that is relevant to a local company
  • Use of a university’s engineering workshops to develop, build and test solutions to the problem
  • Professional skills lectures on Communications (written, verbal and visual) and Project Management
  • The opportunity to develop technical skills and see school physics, chemistry, technology etc applied in an industrial environment
  • An opportunity to meet professional and graduate engineers, scientists and technologists
  • Experience in presenting their solution, in a formal verbal presentation and formal written technical report, to a panel of senior professional engineers