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Railway Engineering Residential – 14 to 17 July 2014

From 14 to 17 July 2014, six sixth formers had an exciting opportunity to attend a railway systems engineering residential at the University of Birmingham. The four day course aimed to give students a taste of engineering and what university life would be like. The first day consisted of lectures focussing on the basics of railway engineering and everyday examples of ground breaking technology across the world. This was followed by the setting of two engineering challenges. Students were placed in teams and either given a train signalling or train bumper construction problem.

Throughout the following days students worked in their teams to problem solve their given challenge. Once a solution was decided, teams set to work either building their trains using basic engineering skills or creating a complex logic sequence to overcome the signalling challenge. Alongside building their train, students were also set the challenge of creating a leaflet for their team and a demonstration stand that would be present at the closing exhibition on the final night.

On the final day of the course all trains were tested against standards that are similar to the high standards expected in the railway industry. It was pleasing to see the finished models and clear to see that all students had put in hours of hard work. I was particularly impressed with Alicia Vaugh’s group who actually won the signalling challenge. The challenge was judged by Jon Bentley from the gadget show who is an enthusiast of the engineering field.

The opportunity would have not been possible without the coordination of the project through the Smallpeice Trust and the engineering department at the University of Birmingham. Our students also received funding from the HS2 scheme. I would like to thank all who made it possible for our students to attend, and to our students for being glowing ambassadors for our school.


Matthew Love

Teacher of Science


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