Every year we enter at least one team for the Engineering Education Scheme, this year we have two teams entering!
EES is an opportunity for Lower Sixth students to carry out a project whilst being mentored by representatives from a company who help them to come up with a solution to a problem of genuine interest. Teams from Derby High worked recently with Rolls-Royce and JCB.
After a period of preparation, the bulk of the project is carried out during a two-day residential held in Loughborough University in January (click here to read about last year's residential). The teams then submit a detailed project report at the end of the Spring Term. At the beginning of the Summer Term they attend the Celebration and Assessment day, where they are interviewed by a panel of judges and answer questions about their projects on their display stands.
Each year all of our Lower 4 (Year 8) students take part in 'Pure Flight' - a day long workshop, held in school but facilitated by Rolls Royce.
Our Upper 4 (Year 9) students have the chance to take part in the annual Go4Set engineering challenge. This year we have 5 teams with 33 girls taking part! Our team two years ago qualified for the national finals which were held at the Big Bang Science Fair.
For the Upper 5 to Upper 6th students (Y11 to Y13) there is the opportunity to take part in an annual 'Space Engineering Day' where a team take part in a day long challenge to design a structure to either live, work or travel in space.
The challenge, which is organised and run by Imperial College London set the students the task to design an underground settlement on Europa, which is the smallest of the four Galilean moons orbiting Jupiter.
Eight girls from Derby High School competed in the regional heat of the contest in a team consisting of 21 members, including students from Boston Grammar School in Lincolnshire. The team was absolutely delighted to be able to report that they won the regional heat and will now go on to the National Finals at Imperial College, London.
Derby High students Aman and Jasmine were part of the winning team. Aman said: “The purpose of the brief was to find life on Europa and to accommodate 4,400 people. We had to think about so many elements such as how to get fuel and electric and how the inhabitants would be entertained, we had to consider food, materials, gravity and how to get people there. We had to think about everything to do with survival.
“We had to assign roles to everyone so we had a president, vice-president and a head and we were each working on different areas but we all had to communicate with each other because all the areas were inter-linked.
“It was a 12-hour day and at the end we had to give a presentation which consisted of 35 slides and lasted for 20 minutes and we took questions from the panel of judges.”
Jasmine was vice president of the team and she said everyone was overwhelmed when they found out that they had won.
She said: “It felt amazing because we’d worked so hard, everyone was so excited and some people were crying. We are really looking forward to the national final now and that’s being held at Imperial College in London in March 2019.”
Jackie Orr, Head of Physics at Derby High, said: “I am really proud of the girls who have shown themselves to be excellent physicists and engineers as well as terrific ambassadors for Derby High. The work they had to do was difficult and they used all their skills of time and project management, team working and persistence throughout the very long day. To have won through is excellent and I am looking forward to the next challenge in March.”