Kicking the day off with small scale engineering challenges, the pupils soon moved on to bigger and more exciting things at this year’s Enjoyneering event.
Designed to give young people the chance to get hands-on with engineering, a subject they might not be very familiar with, Enjoyneering returned to Burnley College Sixth Form Centre after proving a huge success in previous years. Pupils from schools in Blackburn, Accrington, Nelson, Colne, Burnley and Rossendale joined engineering students and staff from Burnley College Sixth Form Centre to take part in activities based around the design and build elements of engineering. The visiting groups also had the opportunity to take a tour around Burnley College’s outstanding Centre of Engineering Excellence, where they were guided around the specialist CAD suite, composites and autoclave room and the industry-level machines engineering students and Apprentices use on programmes and courses at Burnley College and with Themis Apprenticeships. After lunch, the groups teamed up to tackle their biggest challenge of the day – to design and build a launchable rocket with just the paper, crayons, sticky tape and scissors in front of them. Each team did an admirable job of working together to create their flying contraptions and when it came to scoring them, the judges had a hard time. Many of the rockets flew above and beyond the targets!
Firing the rockets!
Finally a winner was announced and one of the two teams from Norden High School, Rishton took the trophy. Runners up from Accrington Academy and Hameldon Community College were presented with engineering books to take home.
Winning rocket building team Norden High School and their prizes
Principal Hugh Bramwell said of the event: “It’s fantastic that so many local young people threw themselves into the fun and excitement of this event. Enjoyneering is a fantastic opportunity for visiting students to find out what engineering can involve, from design right through to making and manufacturing. Their conduct was exemplary and it was good to see so many students thoroughly enjoying the day’s activities and we hope to see them on an Advanced engineering course with us soon.”
Planning and designing a rocket
Source Url: http://www.burnley.ac.uk/young-engineers-from-east-lancashire-build-rockets-at-burnley-college-enjoyneering-2016/