Students unleash inner engineers to explore alternative energy - The Rugby Observer

Students unleash inner engineers to explore alternative energy

Rugby Editorial 25th Feb, 2023   0

CURIOUS students at a Rugby secondary school unleashed their inner engineers when they were challenged to think about alternative energy.

Year 9 students from Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College took part in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) day.

The two-hour workshop, delivered by Energy Quest, was designed to unlock the students’ inner engineer as they explored alternative energy sources.

The workshop challenged the students to use engineering skills in order to solve a problem.




Working in teams, the students got hands-on as they learned about practical engineering – even using energy from an orange to power a lightbulb in one activity.

The workshop took the students on a journey during which they engaged with the engineering design process, and had to think and act like engineers.


They also had the chance to speak to an engineer and learn about the pathways into engineering.

Year 9 student Lily said: “It was extremely interesting and great fun. It inspired me and some of my friends to think about becoming an engineer.”

Headteacher Alison Davies said: “We always enjoy welcoming external organisations to AVS as it is a brilliant way for our students to learn about the world, and opportunities, outside of school.

“Our students had a great time working with Energy Quest and, as a qualified engineer myself, I hope the opportunity has encouraged them to pursue further opportunities in science and engineering.”

 

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