Some of you will be aware that 12 of our most inventive and articulate pupils applied for, and were chosen to take part, in the Engineering Development Trust’s Go4SET project, leading to the award of Industrial Cadet Bronze Award Status, at an Assessment and Celebration event that will take place at Pride Park, Derby, in late June.

The boys’ team are planning to remodel Redditch train station into a more sustainable and user-friendly facility with improved links to the town centre, whilst the girls’ team are seeking to profit from the waste that we produce on the school site and possibly further afield. Both teams are having to learn about project management and have developed several soft skills such as interviewing the public to get information, using Microsoft Yammer as a collaborative, online workspace and setting up a GANNT chart to organise their somewhat limited project time. They have been greatly aided by frequent visits from our mentor, Ryan Morey, from Grupo Antolin, in Moons Moat. Ryan is a company engineering manager and knows a lot about project management and how his own company both reduces and profits from waste.

You can see what the girls have been up to by visiting their new website, where they are recording their ongoing progress.

On Thursday we were warmly welcomed to our mentor Grupo Antolin’s Redditch 2 site, by site boss Mr Laight. Pupils were shown around a robotic production line that produces interior door panel linings for BMWs and asked questions about waste handling at the company. They also got competitive in the company’s training room and were very kindly given Easter eggs at the end of their visit. We felt thoroughly spoilt and look forward to building our STEM relationship with them in the future.

Miss Horto

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