[T]wo teams of students from St Benedict’s Sixth Form Centre, have this week attended the annual Engineering Education Scheme (EES) Celebration Day at Teesside University, with one of the teams winning an award.
The EES links teams of Year 12 students and their teacher with local companies, to work on real scientific, engineering and technological problems.
This year, representatives from Sellafield Ltd and LLW Repository Ltd mentored the St Benedict’s students through the process. The Sixth Form students have been having weekly meetings with their mentors, having been set their tasks for the scheme earlier in the year.
The Sellafield team worked on a project entitled ‘Increase Drum Loading for AGR Graphite’ and at the Celebration of Achievement Day were awarded the ‘Best Economic Contribution to Business Award.’
This was one of only three awards handed out at the Northern Region event, with the other two being Student Choice Award, and an Overall Winner award, which was awarded to Royal Grammar School Newcastle.
This team consisted of students, Joe Moore, Meagen Byers, Grace Park and Team Leader Joseph Brennan. Joseph said of the experience: “The EES Scheme gave us a further insight into the world of work and we gained experience that will certainly benefit us in our future careers.”
“Our award-winning team were working with Sellafield Ltd on a problem that they were encountering during their dismantling and disposal of Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor fuel elements.”
“We learned invaluable skills such as co-operation, leadership and the ability to meet deadlines. We tested our ideas at engineering workshops at Teesside University, and constructed a professional report about our research and findings.”
Also at the event were another team which consisted of Lochlann Renton, Aaron Turnbull, Jack White and Andrew George. They worked with LLW Repository Ltd and their project was entitled – ‘Waste Repository Land Cap Design Project.’
Mr James, Science Teacher at St Benedict’s, accompanied the students and oversaw the project. He said: “It is always a pleasure to see how the students grow with confidence throughout their EES experience, to the point that they are the experts.”
“At the Celebration of Achievement Day, it is great to see the students conversing with engineers from many varying fields about their projects. This year both teams did very well, and the assessors feedback praised their standard of work. This was recognised by winning one of the three available awards.”
Mrs Kar, Director of Learning at the Sixth Form said: “I am delighted that our students have participated in EES. It is a fantastic scheme which helps students develop a range of skills which they can apply to their studies as well as future applications for university, apprenticeships and employment. Well done to all our students who were involved.”