Sixth Form Students Excel in Engineering

Students from our Sixth Form have recently attended the Celebration Achievement Day for the annual Engineering Education Scheme (EES) in Middlesbrough.

This year we had three teams competing with support offered in the form of mentors from both Sellafield Ltd and LLWR Ltd.  

The EES links teams of four Year 12 students and their teacher with local companies, to work on real scientific, engineering and technological problems.

The annual Engineering Education Scheme was launched last term, and our Sixth Form students have been having weekly meetings with their mentors, having been set their tasks for the scheme.

The LLWR team has a project entitled ‘Measuring Key Parameters of reactive metal containers.’

The LLWR Team pictured with their project

Their team members where Kelsey Devlin, Joe Ridley, Sofia Savastano and Daniel Tripp. Their project focussed on finding a way to measure the temperature of a sealed container filled with grout. The temperature probe must be reliable, easy to use and must store temperature data.

Daniel Tripp who was part of the LLWR Ltd team commented:

“I have really enjoyed the EES experience and feel I have gained an invaluable insight into the world of engineering. This has motivated me to pursue a career in engineering in the future.”

The first team working with Sellafield’s project is entitled ‘Transportation of Fuel Rods in a Radioactive Pond.’

Sellafield Team showcasing their project

In this team were Scott Williams, Kathleen Sullivan, Matthew Forsythe and Izabella Sloan. The focus for their project was to try to reduce the problem that Sellafield had when trying to move fuel pods form the bottom of the ponds into underwater skips.

The other Sellafield team were working on a project called ‘Encapsulation of Radioactive Sludges.’

This team consisted of Alex McCumiskey, Libby Ross, Abby Doran and Erin Christian.Their project worked to demonstrate options to reduce the risk of paddle failure during drum mixing; to support the high hazard reduction of legacy waste facilities.

Sellafield team with their project ‘Encapsulation of Radioactive Sludges’

At the Celebration of Achievement Day, the students travelled to Middlesbrough where they presented their stand to many engineers, fellow students and teachers, before giving a presentation. 

Unfortunately, they did not win this year, but have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

Mr James, Science Teacher at St Benedict’s, accompanied the teams. He commented:

“The students this year have worked very hard on their EES projects and all have achieved a great deal from the scheme. They have been working alongside engineers from Sellafield and LLWR again and they have shown great levels of maturity and clearly developed their technical knowledge of the problems set. The students have grown in confidence during the six months of the scheme and the skills that they have acquired will help them in their future career pathways.”  

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