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Inspiring the engineers of the future - Gloucestershire College hosts Engineering Education Scheme 2015

15 December 2015
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Following the successful launch of its state-of-the-art Engineering Centre, Gloucestershire College is delighted to once again host the Engineering Education Scheme this week, welcoming over 120 Year 12 students from schools across the county and beyond.

Organised by EDT, the three-day programme is taking place from Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 December at Gloucester Campus, and aims to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists by tasking them to solve real life engineering problems with the help of experienced engineers, scientists and technologists from leading local companies.

During their residential, students must build prototypes or models for their ideas, making full use of the College’s facilities, including the mechanical workshop, electronics lab, 3D printers and CAD facilities, as well as knowledge and guidance from the College’s lecturers and EDT staff.

Gloucestershire schools and their paired companies include Balcarras and Spirax Sarco, Cheltenham Bournside School and Ultra Electronics, and Tewkesbury School and L-3 TRL Technology.

While visitors from further afield include Bristol Grammar School and GKN Aerospace, BTE Academy and Rolls-Royce, Downend School and Infineon Technologies, Hardenhuish School and M + W Group Wiltshire, Ilfracombe Academy and TDK Lambda, Holyrood Academy, Red Maids’ School and Saint – Gobain, Redland High School for Girls and Penspen Process, Sheldon School and Siemens, and UTC Swindon and TE Connectivity.

Problems to be solved include designing a Martian sample analysis facility, a smart farm application system and a system for wirelessly tracking people via existing personal devices; creating a hot box with scrape-abrader and an integral bypass for a steam line; undertaking a conceptual study of renewable energy for offshore oil production; improving car electronic security systems; and reducing the carbon footprint of a railway balise.

The programme will culminate in formal presentations of the students’ solutions to a panel of professional engineers on the final day, when trophies will be awarded to the winners.

Brian Fowler, Head of Engineering, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the Engineering Education Scheme for the third year running and are dedicated to encouraging young people to choose a rewarding career in STEM.

“Thanks to significant investment during the summer, our engineering facilities and workshops are first-class and enable students to develop, build and test their solutions as they would in the workplace. It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase all that we can offer young people and employers in terms of training, facilities and education.”

For more information about engineering at Gloucestershire College visit or call Student Services on 0345 155 2020.

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