VolkerRail continued to enlighten schoolchildren on the careers available in the engineering industry after mentoring a group of year nine students from Sheffield High School, at this year’s South Yorkshire Go4SET challenge.
Organised by the Engineering Development Trust, Go4SET gives children the opportunity to work on projects that could make their school more environmentally efficient, while stimulating their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; to raise awareness of future career opportunities.
Over ten weeks two of the companies aspiring design engineers mentored the students, providing guidance and knowledge on work related skills and project management.
The student’s project was around designing an eco-classroom and included an analysis on how classrooms could become more environmentally friendly. The students undertook practical experiments based on their analysis and recorded the results, to show their solutions could provide a more sustainable model for future classrooms.
After the ten weeks, the students produced a professional report, presentation and a scale model of their project, which they showed at the regional Go4SET celebration and assessment day; held at Sheffield Hallam University on Monday 6 June.
The assessors, highlighted the student’s hard work and excellent project at the assessment day, and awarded the group first prize.
Dr Emma Rozgowska, STEM co-ordinator and teacher at Sheffield High School said: “The experience Go4SET provides our students is invaluable. VolkerRail’s mentors have been a fantastic support, giving excellent advice and encouraging them throughout the project. As a result, our students delivered an impressive project and outstanding presentation to the assessors.”