Students in Year 9 were given the opportunity to learn from the experts during an engineering workshop with Rolls-Royce.
Fifty students took part in the Pure Flight workshop which was designed to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and the opportunities that exist for engineers at Rolls-Royce.
The workshop also aims to inspire by showing students the diverse ways in which STEM subjects and skills are used both in industry and in the world around them
Students were asked to design, make and test a glider looking at wing structures, shapes and positions and tail design. They worked with two graduate engineers from Rolls-Royce.
Angela King, Design Technology teacher, said everyone enjoyed the workshops.
She said: “Students were asked to create a glider and then test it out to see how far it could travel. They’ve all really enjoyed getting to grips with the practical side of engineering and it’s been great to see them learning some new skills.”
Harry Mayne, graduate engineer at Rolls-Royce, said students had created some of the best gliders he had seen.
He said: “It’s been great to see how enthusiastic the students are. One of the gliders they tested travelled nine and a half metres which is fantastic; these have been some of the best gliders we have seen at these workshops.
“At Rolls-Royce we need to have quality engineers and if we can get them locally then that’s all the better. It’s really important to us ensure that in 10 or 15 years we still have the best engineers and we want to promote the fact that there are opportunities for everyone at Rolls-Royce, no matter what your background.”