During the last academic year, the Physics Department has been supporting a team of five Year 12 students, who have been chosen by the EDT (Engineering Development Trust) to take part in the Engineering Education Scheme.
The national scheme allows small teams from different schools to take part in designing, building and presenting an engineering project which will be of significant use to a locally based engineering company.
The Team is sponsored by MAHLE who are a leading global development partner for the automotive and engine industry.
In return, they have designed a cardboard collection system, which will significantly reduce the man hours required to collect and recycle cardboard packaging at the end of each working day.
On May 1st, Arandeep, Ria, Hema and Hamza exhibited their project at the EES’s national exhibition, held at Cranmore Park, Solihull.
Over 300 students took part in the event, where approximately fifty teams set up stands to display their projects, and also made presentations, which were assessed by a panel of judges.
The planning, design, and implementation of their project, during a three-day residential course at Birmingham University, also qualifies the students for their Gold CREST award. The CREST Awards programme is Britain's largest national award scheme for project work in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
The Highfields Team had a great day and were all awarded their certificates following their presentation, and after fielding some probing questions from the judges at their display stand.