Engineering Students Test their Mettle in Tram Challenge
17 Sep 2018
Engineering students were put to the test in a two-day challenge run by engineering firm Siemens.
More than 20 engineering students from Year 10 took part in the Dragons' Den-style challenge to design a new driverless tram system.
Students were asked to think about issues such as costing and marketing and to present their business proposals to a panel of experts.
Ed Cooper, Head of Design Technology at Ashby School, said: "This competition was a fantastic opportunity for some of our young engineers to test their creative and engineering skills. They acquitted themselves brilliantly and certainly impressed the judges with their ideas, time management, problem solving and team work."
Students were also given a tour of the Siemens site.
One student said: "I really enjoyed the two days. I learned a lot about how to manage my time. It gave me a realistic idea of what work would be like and has definitely made me more interested in engineering because I enjoy solving problems and finding out how things work."
Staff at Siemens evaluated students' confidence and knowledge in related areas before and after the event and found a number of positive trends. Most students reported increased confidence in team working and problem solving at the end of the two days, and many were considering careers in the rail industry or in STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths).
The event was run as part of Siemens' support for the Year of Engineering.