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Students excel in Education Engineering Scheme

11 May 2018

This year, EHS entered their first team into EDT’s Engineering Education Scheme. Our team, comprising of Kate Buxton, Poppy Lovell and Lava Yassen were paired with a team of engineers from Siemens Rail Automation.  They were tasked with developing a new, more environmentally friendly housing design for trackside signalling equipment.  

The girls organised themselves and spent around 100 hours researching and experimenting, meeting with their mentors from Siemens Rail Automation weekly.  As a part of the scheme, they also spent two days on a residential workshop at the University and also visited Siemen’s offices in town.

This term, the girls finalised their report and submitted it to Siemens Rail Automation who will be implementing their findings.  For their final assessment, the girls set up a stand outlining their project at a celebration event in Solihull last week.  As a part of the day, they presented their report to a team of industry specialists and answered questions, receiving glowing feedback.  They also achieved a respectable (but sadly not winning) time on JCB’s digger building challenge!

By completing the projects, the girls have graduated as Industrial Cadets at Gold Level. Their report is also being assessed for a prestigious British Science Association Gold CREST award.  These awards are a well-deserved recognition of the hard work, perseverance and commitment Kate, Poppy and Lava have shown. 

All of the skills learnt, professional links, experiences and feedback the girls have received as a part of the project will be a huge advantage to them, wherever their future careers take them. We would like to extend out thanks to Dan Hopley and his team at Siemens Rail Automation for partnering with us and for all of the help and support they gave us.   
 

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