As part of its INSPIRE programme, to help engage young people in engineering, BSRIA was delighted to welcome a group of Year 9 (aged 13-14) students from Ranelagh School in Bracknell to its test facilities.
The event started with an introduction to building engineering, followed by some hands-on (and voices-on) sessions, measuring acoustics and temperature in BSRIA’s UKAS accredited laboratories.
The students were also presented a challenge before the day, to design and make their own prototype ceiling grilles. The brief for the challenge allowed scope for creative thinking to provide the best thermal comfort for the occupants.
The prototypes were tested in a classroom mock-up for air temperature, relative humidity and air speed. Smoke tests were also carried out to visualize the air distribution. The winning grille, built by Amy Harris and Sophie Jeriorski, involved a brilliantly creative design that tested well within the industry standard.
Karen Rentell, Design & Technology and Curriculum Leader at Ranelagh, said: “We all know when we feel comfortable in a building but perhaps don’t think why. The students are sure to be looking at buildings in a different way with their new real-life knowledge.”