Hurstpierpoint College entered two teams into the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) competition where they took part in a two day university residential trip to develop, build and test their engineering solutions.
The Engineering Education Scheme (EES) programme links schools with companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems.
Over a six month period the students experience real working problems and challenges, working independently and with their sponsor company.
The first Hurst team consisted of Ella Bacon, Ralph Atkinson, Sam Manly, Rory Blackburn and Alexander Norden and was sponsored by Hemsley Orrell Partnership. The company, based in Hove, is a multi-disciplinary practice of Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers.
The team’s project was to build a better floating home – providing a solution for both the increase in flooding and the shortage of housing by looking into the use of floating homes.
The team also raised £179 for the sponsor company’s charity Whoopsadaisy, which helps children with physical disabilities live life as independently as possible.
Chloe Sweetland, Matt Jenkins, Scott Nichols, Milly Jaffe, Govinda Suphadet formed the second team looking at the cleaning and inspection of Fibre Optic Connectors.
The students were sponsored by WesternGeco which helps to provide land and marine seismic acquisition technologies and techniques for unrivalled subsurface imaging in any environment.
All 10 Hurst pupils were presented with a Gold Crest Award for their work.
One Upper Sixth student commented, “This experience has really helped me to develop skills whilst also allowing me to think about this as a career path. It was a unique experience and one that I would suggest to anyone considering Engineering.
Report and picture contributed by Hurstpierpoint College.