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BSRIA stages 'tomorrow's engineers' eventApril 2016

Ranelagh School year 9 winners, Elisha Paine and Simon Dorrington, with their prototype weather louvre

As part of its INSPIRE Project which promotes and educates the industry to young people, BSRIA was delighted to welcome a group of Year 9 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 set a challenge before the day, to design and build their own prototype weather louvres. The brief for the challenge allowed scope for creative thinking in looking for a balance between allowing air through while keeping rain water out.

Ranelagh School year 9 pupils with their prototype weather louvres

The prototypes were then tested for airflow with the winning design, built by Elisha Paine and Simon Dorrington as ‘Team H2 No’, involving a highly innovative opening and closing mechanism, driven by collected rainwater.

The afternoon formed part of BSRIA’s INSPIRE project, running throughout 2016, wherein a series of events to inspire and engage the workforce of tomorrow with what the construction industry has to offer, is being run. The students came from the school’s STEM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Scott Mackenzie, Head of STEM at Ranelagh School, said: “When young minds see a problem, it never fails to surprise me of the creative solutions they produce which many adults wouldn’t think of.”

Tom Garrigan, Test Manager, BSRIA, said “We were really impressed with the enthusiasm and ability of the group. It tells us that the young engineering talent is out there and it is up to the industry and Associations like BSRIA to attract them into one of the many fulfilling careers we can offer.”

Dr Phillip Lee, MP for Bracknell, gave his endorsement for the project:

“In the UK, now and in the future, we need more young people to be aware of the careers available to them in STEM industries, such as construction and engineering, which can often suffer from unhelpful false perceptions and so I wholeheartedly welcome and endorse the launch BSRIA’s INSPIRE project. I have visited Ranelagh School and met with their teachers and pupils on a number of occasions and am sure that they will both enjoy their visit and thrive in the tasks and projects. I wish them and BSRIA all the very best of luck.”

This activity follows on from BSRIA working with students from Ranelagh’s Eco Schools team on fundamental energy efficiency issues – for example – not shutting windows and leaving lights on in unattended rooms – and the wider consequence of what this means.

BSRIA urges members and businesses to participate and collaborate in such projects with their respective local schools.


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