Engineering with Airbus
On Wednesday 27th February a group of ten Year 8 pupils visited Airbus for the day to participate in the Institution of Engineering and Technology Faraday Challenge. Pupils were given the exciting opportunity to learn about the job role of an engineer by producing a prototype to support the engineers working on the James Webb Space Telescope. Pupils were required to work in small teams alongside engineers from Airbus. Each team had to show evidence of planning, creativity, a diary of manufacture, management of a budget, working to a strict deadline and teamwork. At the end of the challenge each team had to pitch their product idea to a team of judges and explain the reasons for their design decisions. The judges commended pupils on their excellent team work skills, perseverance to overcome problems and how well they communicated their ideas. All the pupils were awarded with a certificate for their effort and participation as well as a range of exciting goodies from Airbus! Pupils will be able to apply the skills learnt to their future studies of Design Technology and hopefully feel inspired to consider pursuing a career in engineering.