UTC Students Enjoy Super Sonic Car Adventure With The Institution of Mechanical Engineers

UTC Sheffield students have put their technical skills to the test during a Bloodhound Engineering Adventure themed day supported by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Sixty-four Year 11 engineering students, aged 15 and 16, were introduced to the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car project which is a global engineering adventure, using a 1,000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The students got to grips with wheel design, exploring digital manufacturing and using 3D printing during the event on November 9th. They also had the chance to take part in a competition to develop a balloon powered model car to travel the furthest distance using advanced manufacturing technologies and engineering principles to lighten the wheels. Students’ competition designs were developed using computer aided design and produced by a 3D printing process.

The event was supported by members of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) South Yorkshire area studying at the University of Sheffield, CREATE Education and their Ultimaker printers and organised by Ian Crowston, Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce and Letisha Smith, Curriculum Director for Engineering at UTC Sheffield.

Alex Reynolds, Principal, UTC Sheffield City Centre campus, added: “Our students develop cutting edge technical skills because employers work with us on industry projects as part of the curriculum. It’s great to have leading industry experts and employers, supporting our students and inspiring the next generation of engineers.”

Ian Crowston, Regional Education Officer, Chartered Engineer with the IMechE and Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce, added: “It’s important we inspire our next generation of engineers with exciting real engineering projects like the amazing Bloodhound project. Sharing our experiences enthuses the students and gives them an insight into the technology they can be using or developing to improve the world through engineering”.

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