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22 Nov 2019

Year 6 pupils get up close and personal with engineering and manufacturing careers

The event held at In-Comm on 19th November was another in a series of events for Primary Careers 2030. Focusing on engineering and manufacturing careers a group of Year 6 pupils from Ryder’s Hayes School Walsall, looked at careers from 10 years ago and inventions that didn’t exist then such as Siri, Alexa, and Apps.

They also looked at mechanical, electrical, civil and chemical engineering and also some iconic inventions produced by engineers such as the wheel, one of the simplest but effective and most iconic piece of engineering of all time.

All the activities on the day focused on team work and communication and the children attended workshops covering:

  •  CAD/CAM machines
  •  Built structures focusing on civil engineering and STEM
  •  Produced their own mini planes with Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace gave a presentation focused on careers in 2030 in the manufacturing/engineering sector and what they will entail, generating many questions from the children.

Prizes were given for the fastest plane (Aerospace), the highest structure (civil engineering and STEM).  The day was extremely successful and certainly generated interest in this sector for future career options.

Nicki Harris, Project Officer with Ryder's Hayes School said:

"This project is amazing and each event will explore a different sector and focus on careers in that sector for 2030.

The project really does broaden their horizons and gives them the information required to enable them to think outside the box and to think about careers they wouldn’t ordinarily have thought about."   

The next event in the series will be held in January 2020 looking at Retail and visitor economies.

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