Students gear up for a career in engineering

Monday, 14 July 2014

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Thirty-five promising young engineers from across the UK benefited from a unique hands-on learning experience at Oxford Brookes earlier this month.

This popular four-day residential programme was organised by The Smallpeice Trust in partnership with Oxford Brookes.

Working alongside engineers, students gained a practical insight into the engineering principles, materials and technologies that shape the cutting edge of world professional motorsport.

The 14 and 15 year olds took part in theoretical, practical and hands-on workshops which helped them to develop a better understanding of engine performance, traction, chassis dynamics and aerodynamics.

Students also took part in Computer Aided Design (CAD) sessions to prototype, manufacture and test race car components.

An industrial visit to Williams F1 gave students the opportunity to see for themselves what goes on behind the scenes at a major motorsports technology business.

Oxford Brookes is internationally renowned for Motorsport Engineering education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The course takes place at the University’s Motorsport Engineering Centre which provides state-of-the-art teaching, research and testing facilities.

Dr Matt Clarke from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, commented “Motorsport provides a very visible example of high-tech engineering in which the UK is a world leader, and provides an excellent opportunity to encourage talented young people to opt for a career in engineering. I was extremely impressed with the level of knowledge, enthusiasm and energy displayed by the students throughout the course”.

A spokesperson from The Smallpeice Trust Claire Fisher added, “Every year this course proves extremely popular amongst students and it is encouraging to see how much they develop their knowledge of this fast-paced subject in just four days. We are confident that through experiences like these we can help to encourage more and more young people to choose a dynamic career in engineering.”

The Motorsports Engineering course is organised by independent charity, The Smallpeice Trust, and is part of an on-going programme of residential courses to help young people aged 12 to 18 learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing. Through running residential courses and STEM enrichment days, The Trust has reached out to 17,495 students across the UK in the past year.

To find out more, visit the Smallpeice website. Further information on the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Motorsport Sciences is available on the Oxford Brookes website.