Groups of students from years 7 and 8 at Longfield Academy recently participated in Tomorrow’s Engineers Energy Quest workshops. Facilitated by Phil Edwards of Weald Technology, both groups of students eagerly took part, starting with examining renewable and non-renewable energy sources and then exploring how a future energy mix might look. Continuing the workshop, they then went on to build their own model “car” and explore its energy efficiency.
Throughout the workshops, students took part in mini-questionnaires to explore what kind of engineer they could be.
Teacher, Ms Chester explained:
“KS3 students took part in an engineering workshop through the charity Tomorrow’s Engineers. The workshop was run by an engineer and got the students to think about all the careers that are related to engineering, how they could fit into the engineering world as either a pioneer, designer, maker or a humanitarian based on their interests and skills. The main part of the workshop enabled to the students to design and make their own electric car, test it on a track and adapt their car to make it go further. The Year 7 students couldn’t believe how many careers there are in engineering and the variety of everyday things that are produced through engineering. The students are going to use what they have gained from this workshop to develop their own ideas to enter the Bright Ideas Challenge next year.”
Many thanks to Tomorrow’s Engineers for providing such a useful exercise for our students.