This academic year a group of students from St Edward’s Sixth Form have been part of an Engineering Education Scheme (EES) run by EDT, a nationwide educational charity engaging young people through STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) with focused experience days, projects and placements.

EES is a 6 month EDT Programme which links teams of Year 12 students and their teacher with local companies where they work on real-life, scientific, engineering and technology projects. The scheme provides students with an in-depth experience in science, engineering and technology that will enable them to make an informed decision about their future studies and career.

Since October the St Edward’s Team, have spent weekly sessions with their Mentor, Tom Price from Ultra Electronics PCS, working on a special engineering based project. Their brief was “The creation of a functional prototype system to harvest and convert wasted energy into electrical energy that can be integrated onto a soldier”. The idea being that the system would allow a soldier to charge batteries whilst on mission.

Together with their mentor, Year 12 students Jakub K, Theo A, James S, Tom D and Ben R, have worked hard to come up with an idea for a prototype and prepare a presentation about how it would work.

On Tuesday this week the Team travelled to Bath University for their assessment day where they presented their project to a panel of Engineers. They were competing against Teams from 15 other schools from the southwest region and, although they didn’t win an award, they were the only team to be awarded “Highly Commended” in the “Contribution to Business Award”.

Well done to the Team who represented the School brilliantly at the event and have shown tremendous dedication to the project which has seen them gain their Gold Industrial Cadets Award.