A group of SELECT students solved real-world nuclear decommissioning problems in an inspiring and educational program led by a local engineering company.
Eight Year 12 students from across West Cumbria joined React Engineering for a full week as part of Into Engineering Week which is organized to inspire young people to think about careers in the industry.
Students were challenged as they were divided into groups and participated in decommissioning problem-solving challenges, producing a report and giving a presentation on the proposed solution at the end of the week.
To help teams through the process, a variety of workshops and presentations covering vital aspects of engineering, ranging from structural analysis and design to risk management and costing, were moderated by members of the React team.
Kirby Johnston, consulting engineer at React, said:
“Into Engineering Week really gives young people a taste of the world of a professional engineer, and we are passionate about promoting the career opportunities that exist within the industry.
“The program offers experiences and activities that show how interesting and challenging the world of engineering can be, and it was great to see the students fully engaged in the projects and producing great work.
“There are certainly some very promising engineers in the region and we are proud to have given them the opportunity to further develop their skills and interests.”
As a highlight of the programme, students attended an inspirational talk by Cumbrian mountaineering pioneer John Porter, who shared his experiences of the world’s first alpine adventures on expeditions that claimed the lives of many other mountaineers in the 1970s and 1980s.
John immersed himself in his mountaineering experiences and how different people perceive risk in different situations, which applies to engineering which is known for taking risks and pushing boundaries to find solutions that had never existed before.
Cockermouth School pupil Harley Ward said:
“I expected to be bombarded and bored with a lot of information, but all the information provided was interesting, fun and well presented.”
Harley Irving of West Coast Sixth Form added:
“This week changed my perception because I hadn’t realized how many different engineering roles there were.”
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