BUDDING engineers at the Sixth Form College, Solihull, tried their hand at building relief shelters this week with a visit to Coventry University.
The trip to Coventry was part of the opportunities offered to students in the colleges’ engineering academy.
Coventry University supported the initiative and have offered a number of trips and activities to give students a taste of what a career in engineering is really like.
This trip to the university campus was the first of four visits the students will make this term – students had a tour of the university and saw the Harrier Jump Jet they have in the Engineering department.
They were then tasked with building the framework for relief shelters using big sticks of bamboo.
Peter Grime, curriculum leader for Maths and the man in charge of the engineering academy, said: “This was a great first visit to Coventry University for our Engineering Academy students.
“It demonstrated to the students the sort of real world applications of engineering and they all had a great time.
“Working in small teams to solve a problem as they did was also a good experience for them.”
Later this term, the students will return to Coventry to focus on engineering activities with engineering firms, including non-governmental organisations, while other activities will take place at the College also.