A Huddersfieldcompany is helping to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Cummins Turbo Technologies is working with a number of high schools in Yorkshire to help engage children in science, engineering, technology and maths subjects (STEM) through the Bloodhound SSC Project, an initiative sponsored by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
Bloodhound SSC is a supersonic car (SSC) being developed by some of the world’s leading engineers with the goal of achieving a 1,000 mph world land speed record. Primarily an education project its mission is to confront and overcome the impossible using science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as motivating the next generation to deal with global 21st century challenges.
Cummins Turbo Technologies, the global engineering leader in turbocharging technologies based in Huddersfield, has – in support of this mission – created an activity day based on the same principles, which gives students the chance to design their own aerodynamic vehicle by using scientific knowledge and research.
Throughout the day students are required to look at a variety of aspects, from branding of the car to the external variables that may affect its performance, giving them an insight into all the skills and knowledge involved in such a project.
This is the latest STEM project for Cummins Turbo Technologies, which has already supported initiatives including a STEM engagement programme with Batley Girls High School. Following the two Bloodhound activity days that have already taken place at Heckmondwike Grammar School and Crossley Heath High School, the company now plans to roll out the programme to other schools during 2013.
John Allport, training and talent development leader at Cummins Turbo Technologies, said:
“Cummins Turbo Technologies is committed to engaging and inspiring the next generation and future of the engineering industry. The Bloodhound initiative allows us to engage with children though STEM subjects and demonstrate the variations of skills and careers available to them within engineering.
“Many young people may not consider that some of the skills they have used during this project are directly related to what we do every day in engineering. It is also a great opportunity to continue to work closely with our local community in and around Huddersfield.”
Mike Cook, Headteacher of Heckmondwike Grammar School, said:
“We are delighted to have had Cummins visit us and demonstrate the range of opportunities available to the pupils through STEM subjects. Some students wouldn’t have considered a career within engineering before this project but I feel after this campaign a number of them will definitely consider working in the industry.”