This week, St Benedict’s Catholic High School have held a special celebration of achievement evening to mark the work of their Engineering Education Scheme students.
The Engineering Education Scheme links teams of four Year 12 students and their teacher with local companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems.
Two teams were entered from St Benedict’s, one working with NNL, and the other with Sellafield.
The annual Engineering Education Scheme began last year with Sixth Form students having weekly meetings with their mentors, having been set their tasks for the scheme.
The engineering mentors from NNL and Sellafield have visited their teams on a weekly basis, and the scheme culminated with a 3 day residential back in December.
Mr James, from St Benedict’s has overseen the whole project:
“It has been pleasing to see how the students have developed into confident problem solving engineers since they began this scheme last year. Both teams have worked hard and have produced strong reports. The skills developed from this scheme will benefit them in their future studies and eventual careers.”
Mr Smith, Head teacher at St Benedict’s:
“I am pleased that St Benedict’s students continue to be a part of the Engineering Education Scheme. I am grateful to all the staff and members of NNL, Sellafield and the University of Newcastle for their support of our students this year. It has allowed them to develop and present their work this evening and they certainly showed their projects to their best advantage. I wish both teams of students the very best at the more formal EES presentation later this week.”
Jake Nicholson, System Engineer at Sellafield managed one of the two teams:
“From being previously involved in the scheme as a student, I understand the level of work and effort required to complete this 6 month project. The scheme offers a high level of achievement & has a uniqueness which shows in the world of STEM when applying for University or a job. Each year presents a new challenge and it is always a pleasure to see the students grow and develop, learning new skills and pushing boundaries.”
An overall winning team from the scheme will be chosen and announced at a special Celebration of Achievement Day on the 31st March at The University of Newcastle.