Year 9 Smallpeice Engineering Workshop
Monday 21st May 2012
Not everybody in our year finds physics easy and so, therefore, not everybody in Year 9 was that pleased that we would be doing a whole day of it! However, as soon as we entered the room for our Smallpeice Engineering Workshop there was something to do and nothing about the day was boring. We were first told about engineering and how it isn't all about building bridges but were given lots of different and interesting ideas. Then after learning basic skills and techniques, we were asked to build a small working wind turbine out of paper and plastic. We were given information on how turbines worked and were also asked to work out our own budgets.
Throughout the day, we worked on our projects with the generous help of James from the Smallpeice Trust. At 3 o'clock we had to stop work and present our project. My group had made a tall 3 bladed turbine which was slightly structurally unsound; it worked to a certain extent! The other groups all had very different ideas and it was interesting and sometimes amusing to see them. The whole year had such a wonderful day and learnt so much. Thank you very much to Mr Young for organising such an educational day!
Sarah Peters, Year 9