Today’s assembly was led by Amber, Melissa and Sirui from the Lower 6th, who talked about their experience on the Engineering Education Scheme, a project they have been involved in over the last six months as part of their Friday afternoon blocks.
The programme is organised by the Engineering Development Trust and aims to educate Year 12 students through participation in realistic STEM-related projects. Students are linked with an engineering company and given mentors to teach them the skills and knowledge required to successfully complete the project. As well as writing a detailed report, students are given the opportunity to attend a scheme launch, a workshop hosted by a university, a company visit and a ‘Celebration and Assessment Day’ where the project is presented to professional engineers.
The KEHS team was linked with Arup, a global company which stands at the forefront of the engineering world. Arup is specialised in civil engineering, and is noted for building breath-taking structures such as the Sydney Opera House. It is also well respected due to its mission to help build a sustainable future.
The team’s project brief was to design the vertical alignment of a section of HS2 – the government-endorsed project to install a high-speed rail line that links London to the North of England, through the Midlands. Vertical alignment is the height the train travels at – whether it is on a bridge, in a tunnel, or at ground level. The girls had to consider various factors whilst making decision about the vertical alignment, such as cost, feasibility, social impact and environmental impact.
The girls explained some of the problems they faced during the scheme, which gave us an idea of the immense planning that a national project on this scale requires. The girls will be presenting their findings to professional engineers later in the week – good luck!