Renishaw hosts Future Brunels students
Posted on 20 Apr 2017 and read 199 times
Global engineering company Renishaw recently hosted 12 students from the Future Brunels educational programme at its Gloucestershire headquarters, as part of a scheme developed by the SS Great Britain Trust.
They took part in hands-on activities to encourage creative thinking and the development of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills.
The five-year rolling programme encourages motivated students to pursue a career in a related field by inspiring them during their secondary-school education.
Each year, the programme selects 12 students from six schools to attend six extra-curricular sessions — at the Brunel Institute or at science or engineering sites, such as Renishaw.
The company hosts an annual workshop for the students in the fourth year of the programme; this challenges them to produce an LED light sequencer, which they can then take home. During the workshop, they are trained to use soldering equipment and laser cutters.
Chris Pockett, head of communications at Renishaw, says: “Renishaw is committed to encouraging a pipeline of talent into engineering careers.
“Taking part in hands-on activities is a powerful way to create a positive experience for the students involved.
“Because they can take their projects home, the learning extends beyond the visit itself and can be shared with parents, teachers and peers. We’ve had great feedback from the students so far, who were able to develop their skills in a number of areas, including physics, mechanics and engineering.”
For more information, visit www.renishaw.com/education-outreach