The Engineers of tomorrow compete in a day of Enjoy-neering hosted by Themis at Burnley College

Budding Engineers of the future pitted their skills against each other in a day of Enjoy-neering hosted by Themis at Burnley College.

Teams taking part came from:

  • Nelson
  • Barnoldswick
  • Blackburn
  • Burnley

The teams were tasked to work against the clock to design, cost and manufacture a mini Formula One racing car before their vehicles were tested in time trials on a specially-constructed track at the end of the day.

As part of the day of high-octane, engineering-focussed activities, teams of four had to allocate individual job roles and then work as a group to give a final presentation to a panel of industry expert judges who are all Trainers at Themis, the Apprenticeship and Business Training arm of Burnley College.

As part of the production process, selected students were given the opportunity to make use of the high-tech, industry-standard equipment within the Centre of Engineering Excellence at Burnley College with supervision to make fine adjustments to increase the aerodynamics of their cars.

In a nail-biting time trial, the fastest car on the day was produced by Marsden Heights Community College. The team from West Craven High School was awarded the Enjoy-neering Trophy for the best overall performance on the day, with the judges commending their great teamwork and factoring sustainable materials into their design.

Dedicated Themis Engineering Apprentices who are already establishing themselves as vital team members at some of the region’s leading employers were on hand throughout the day to encourage and assist the students where necessary.

Head of Engineering at Themis Neil Burrows said: “Enjoy-neering was a great opportunity for secondary school pupils to discover more about Engineering – and have a great time, too. The final contest to find the fastest car went down to the wire and showed what innovation and skill had gone into creating the racing cars.

“At Themis, we have a true passion for Engineering and our highly-skilled Trainers have years of experience at the very top of their specialisms. We hope that the pupils who took part in Enjoy-neering have gained an insight into the amazing opportunities available to them as Engineers of the future and have seen how their career as a #futureboss can start via a Themis Apprenticeship.”

If a career in Engineering appeals to you, discover how we can help. Visit our website on www.burnley.ac.uk/themis, call 01282 733005 or email apply@themis.ac.uk for more information

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