Supporting Future Engineers

23/05/18



Bureau Veritas returned to Hartford Primary School in Northwich for a fifth consecutive year to lead an engineering challenge as part of our involvement in the Government’s Year of Engineering campaign.


The School Race Day saw around 60 year 5 pupils design and build vehicles out of ‘junk’, each powered by stored energy from balloons. It’s all part of our wider commitment to promote STEM careers and support young people to get into engineering.

Rachel Rawlings, Accreditation Manager and STEM ambassador for Bureau Veritas, led the initiative, which saw children use a variety of materials including bottles, cardboard and egg boxes to build their vehicles before decorating them.

Working in teams of three to five, the young participants had to follow a strict design brief – including that vehicles must be no longer than 30cm with a wheel diameter of 12cm – before travelling a minimum of three metres. Three of the vehicles successfully travelled the full three metres distance which was very impressive considering the difficulty of the challenge.


Promoting STEM careers

Rachel said: “Once again this was an incredibly successful activity, teaching the pupils about real-life engineering projects, whilst also calculating time and distance using relevant maths and physics skills. They were exposed to failure, trial and error and problem solving, all in a fun environment while touching on the core processes of engineering like testing, refining and improving.

“We’re extremely proud to be able to work with young people on STEM projects in this way as part of the Year of Engineering, which is designed to show that a career in engineering is exciting, rewarding and creative.

“Bureau Veritas is one of a number of employers working together as part of the campaign to shake-up people’s ideas about engineering, inspiring the next generation of innovators, inventors and problem solvers by showing them what engineers actually do. Ultimately, the aim is to encourage more young people to enter engineering in order to drive the UK’s industrial strategy for many years to come.”

The Race Day proved to be a success, with one of the students stating “It was very exciting on the Race Day and fun to work as a team”.


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