Students gear up for a career in engineering
Monday, 14 July 2014
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
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.
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
Oxford Brookes is internationally renowned for Motorsport Engineering education
at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
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”.
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.”
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.
find out more, visit the Smallpeice website.
Further information on the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Motorsport
Sciences is available on the Oxford