STEM Leaders at St George's RC High School
As part of collaboration between the English and Technology departments it was arranged for two engineers from Mettler-Toledo Safeline Ltd. to be interviewed by a class of year 9 pupils. The reports of these interviews were then entered into a National Competition (Leaders Awards) to encourage pupils to look at engineering for a career.
The class were very successful and two of the pupils won national awards: Francisca Amaral won the IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) Special Award for 2012. Josh Warburton won the Secondary Leaders Award for Mathematics.
The pupils were presented with their Leaders Awards in a special assembly at school. The two engineers Adam Ardron and Lee Smith together with Christine James (Primary Engineer), Dr David Ball (Regional Chairman for IMechE North West) and Ian Fielding (Secretary for IMechE North West) were all present to give their support and present the awards.
Mr Westcott, Head of Technology, said:
“This was an excellent opportunity for our pupils to meet Engineers and during the interview and reporting process were able to get a real insight into the work done by these people. Hopefully some of them will consider a career in this sector in the future."
Josh Warburton said:
“I enjoyed the experience of meeting someone for the first time and getting to know them. The task that we were set was interesting and the essay afterwards wasn’t very difficult to write. The information I gathered was quite easy to convey and changing it into my own words was an easy feat. Overall, I think that the task was fun, interesting and worthwhile and I definitely would like to try it again”
Francisca Amaral said:
“I was anxious at first, when I had to do the interview, but I wasn’t nervous at all when it came to it. Then, when I had to write up the interview to an essay, it was much easier than I first thought! The experience, overall, was worthwhile and fulfilling, and interesting to meet such accomplished people in the engineering world.”