Three engineers from our lower sixth form have been awarded gold British science association creativity in science and technology awards after working with United Utilities to help solve a problem at their water treatment works.
The project, led by Mr Richard Heyes, was part of the Engineering Education Scheme (EES) and saw Olivia Briggs, Quintus Carr and Laura Chitty be paired with United Utilities’ Whaley Bridge plant to design a new waste water screening system.
During the project, our pupils visited the treatment works to see the current system in action and also spent three days using the facilities at Liverpool University’s engineering department.
Over the course of six months, Olivia, Quintus and Laura worked on several solutions before choosing a final design, including costing and a full written report.
On assessment day, the team received praise from the board of senior engineers who judged the project based on our pupils’ final report and presentation, as well as open questioning.
And as well as completing the scheme and receiving the gold Crest awards, the pupils involved also developed a range of new skills, from specific engineering techniques to the experience of working on a formal long-term project, as explained by Quintus:
I enjoyed working in the EES team to a great extent. I had not had the experience of working on an extended project before, and found it to be very beneficial. It highlighted the importance of teamwork to me, and gave me a chance to develop my skills in areas such as design, practical work, team organisation and written accounts.
I found working on the project an invaluable insight into the world of engineering. It has given me an idea of what sorts of problems an engineer can be faced with and how to go about solving them. It has given me the opportunity to consider studying engineering at University and possibly pursue a career in the field.
I found the three day workshop during the scheme most beneficial. As well as seeing the engineering facilities at the University of Liverpool, I had practise at delivering a presentation and answering questions about the project. I also enjoyed being able to use the specialised equipment at the university, such as the water channels in the hydraulics laboratory.
I would also like to thank Mr Heyes, Ross Heaton and the EES staff for their assistance during the project.