Two teams of students have set out on a project that is developing their skills as engineers. Competing against 31 other schools across Greater Manchester, the teams taking part in this year’s Go4Set contest are working with their own business mentor, Andrew Garner from Network Rail, the company responsible for managing Britain’s 20,000-mile railway network.
The task the teams are facing is to design their own eco-hotel. Hours of research will help them understand about sustainable buildings, coming up with innovative ideas to create the best result. Teacher of Science Miss Salim explained, “The students decide on the location and the features they will include to make the most efficient use of energy, water and other essentials. Both teams will create a scale model of their plans.”
Alongside working in school, the students also visited Network Rail’s offices in Manchester. The visit offered them a chance to find out more about careers and the varied job roles in engineering – at Network Rail they heard from Annalise Moore, a Geotechnics Engineer in the buildings and civil design team, and Claire Beranek, a Route Asset Manager.
The ten-week project leads up to an assessment day at the end of June, which this year takes place at Oldham’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. The teams will have to present and explain their designs to a panel of industry professionals and business people.
The Go4Set project is organised by the Engineering Development Trust. Increasing the number of students going on to study STEMsubjects at college and university, and pursue rewarding careers in industry.