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An Invite to the Houses of Parliament

In March Mrs Sommerville took a group of Year 10 students to the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Future Collective Event, which was designed to give students an insight into the different types of engineering that takes place across the world and to try and change the opinion of what we assume an engineer does.

The students got to work with very different types of engineers including Bert Cole (below right) who along with his partner designed and built the iconic ‘Spider Stage’ (seen in the picture). The Spider stage has been used for many famous performances around the world including at the Glastonbury Festival.

The students also got to work alongside Sonya Teich (below left) who is an engineer at the special effects company Framestore. Sonya’s job as an engineer is to create special effects for films and she has worked on many big blockbuster films including designing the movements of the Avatar’s.
Along with meeting and working with these famous engineers the students also got to share some of their ideas on how we could improve the STEM curriculum, careers advice and work experience opportunities that students receive while at school to provide a better insight into careers in engineering. The ideas that our students came up with have been incorporated into the ‘This is Engineering recommendations paper’ that is being launched in Parliament next week and 5 of our students have been invited down to the launch reception on the 4th July in Parliament, which will be attended by Members of Parliament and industry leaders. This paper will be the basis for a series of conversations with government in months and years to come. Along with this the students will have a tour of the Houses of Parliament.