Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Future Transport at The Leigh UTC

As part of a taster day for prospective year 12 students, The Leigh UTC ( theleighutc.org.uk ) welcomed Phil Edwards, founder of Weald Technology, to lead an engineering and technology challenge based around future transport.

Phil began the day with an introductory talk outlining the nature of the problem to be solved in the challenge: congestion and emissions on today’s roads. The students then split into groups and began to brainstorm technical solutions to the problems. After the students had been discussing the problems for a while, he led another talk on the different types of technical solution, and what current engineers were working on; everything from delivery drones to the internet of things.

Future Transport Challenge
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The students then split back into groups and picked one of their ideas to develop into a short presentation. The students had been able to demonstrate a range of skills, including problem solving, presentation, communication, and team work. Especially impressive was the students who managed to create really exciting ideas while working with people they had only just met.

Ideas ranged from those based around data processing, like intelligent cameras that could calculate the most efficient paths that cars should take, be it in different lanes or on different routes, and communicate this information to individual sat-nav systems; to engineering solutions like the above ground Eurostar-style train that could replace motorways - cars would drive on and be dropped off at their required junctions.

Other groups came up with ideas that were more structural in nature, like reforming entire cities’ transport systems to work within a park and ride system, or redesigning roads to allow cars to move more freely to their exact destination and reduce traffic jams.

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Welcome to Engineering STEM

Hi, and welcome to the new Engineering STEM blog from Weald Technology. In case you don't know us we are an Engineering Education company involved in engineering and design of lightweight and low-carbon vehicles, and sustainable transport.

What sets us apart is our mission to encourage the next generation of engineers through developing our real-life challenges into exciting, relevant, and current STEM projects. You can find out more at www.weald-tech.co.uk/about_us.html

It's a virtuous circle; our engineering partners ask us to help solve design, engineering and manufacturing problems; we use these to both train their young engineers as well as deliver practical STEM workshops in schools; and ultimately we help deliver the next generation of engineers that our partners are crying out for.

Read it in more detail at www.weald-tech.co.uk/stem.html

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For more information about Weald Technology see www.weald-tech.co.uk
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