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Year 12 take on the Engineering Education Scheme

03 July 2020

The girls in Year 12 who took part in this year’s Engineering Education Scheme have this week received confirmation that they have graduated as Gold Level Industrial Cadets.

The scheme started back in October when our team met their mentors from Network Rail and devised the brief for their project. They were set the task of coming up with an alternative design for the University Train Station that would meet increase in traffic expected for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
Through weekly meetings with their team of mentors, the girls went on to put together their proposal. They learnt about many aspects of architectural design and had to devise strategies to ensure that their vision was compliant with the many rules and regulations relating to the layout of public buildings. Along the way, the girls added considerations relating to sustainability, the environment and how the aesthetics would fit in with the local area.
The team were also taken on a behind the scenes tour of Birmingham New Street to look at its design and even got to try their hand at operating the signalling for the station, although we accept no responsibility for any delays on that day!

In order to really get their teeth into the project, the team also took part in a two-day residential workshop at Loughborough University with many other EES teams from across the Midlands. Here, they learnt how they could make 3D computer models of their design. This was then used to create a physical model using the laser cutter once we were back in school.

The girls finished the work off by preparing a report on their findings which was presented to a panel of industry experts. Because of lockdown, the celebration event which is usually where teams gradual from the scheme had to be cancelled, but we have had our own mini online celebration.

The girls are now just finalising their application for a British Science Association Gold Crest award using the work that they have done.
We would like to pass on our thanks to Chris Uren and his team from Network Rail who guided the team through the task and were always on hand with helpful advice and suggestions.

Well done to Constance Davies, Ishika Sanghera and Persia Shoja-Assadi for all of the hard work and commitment they have put into completing their project. Your awards are well deserved!

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