Tomorrow's Engineers New Energy Project
Mosslands School students put their science, technology, engineering and maths skills to the test in a one-day New Energy Project
Mosslands School students put their science, technology, engineering and maths skills to the test in a one-day New Energy Project supported by Tomorrow’s Engineers and delivered by educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust. Working in small groups, the event was designed to enhance students’ aptitude for lateral thinking, design and engineering and was especially geared to complement to the National Curriculum.
The fifty Year 8 students were tasked with four activities over three hours to view the relationship between energy consumption and increasing population, discuss future potential energy sources and discuss careers in the energy sector. They then had a practical kinetic energy challenge in which they had to design and construct a solar powered car.
Subjects covered included: solar power, renewable energy, energy use, generators and motors and ‘the energy gap’. The students were also encouraged to consider their communication skills, team work skills and technical skills.
The school’s Career Adviser, Brian Taylor, said, “We were delighted to have this opportunity. It has encouraged our pupils to connect what they learn inside the classroom with what actually happens in the working environment. By participating in this event, we have found that many of our students have been inspired to push themselves harder in STEM subjects to achieve their future goals.”
Education Officer for The Smallpeice Trust, Tom Adams, commented, “We are most grateful to Tomorrow’s Engineers for supporting these inspirational events. The migration towards low carbon energy and a more sustainable way of life requires technological change, which is why it is important that we enthuse young people to consider engineering as a viable future career.”
The Energiser Event was run by the independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust, as part of an ongoing programme of courses designed to help young people learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing. The Energiser Event was supported by Tomorrow’s Engineers (www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk) which aims to increase the number of young people studying physics and maths, leaving their options open for a range of careers, including engineering and science.