September 10, 2008

EESW Works to Promote Engineering

By John Hughes Bangor University

DESi Gntechnology, product design and manufactureat the College of Education and Lifelong Learning at Bangor University continues to develop its links with Engineering Education Scheme Wales.

John Hughes, director of BSc courses at the College of Education and Lifelong Learning, sees this relationship with EESW not only asa means of introducing pupils to engineering, but as away of bringing together communities.

North Wales has had a tradition of designing and manufacturing. This canbe witnessed by visiting the slate museumat Llanberis, which gives clear indication of the ingenuity and inventiveness of the people who worked in the quarrying industry during it speak period.

During the decline of the quarrying industry the traditional manufacturing skills turned to supporting the war effort during both world wars.

The end of the Second World War resulted in these local manufacturing industries diversifying and then declining. This has become an issue throughout the whole of the UK. However, it does not mean that the potential has become unavailable. it is the role of EESW, schools, colleges of further education and universities in Wales to continue developing this potential by giving youngsters opportunities to be stimulated.

Students from local schools can realise the enjoyment of devising, making andcombining the latest technology withmanufacturingprocedures.

Bangor University's Design andTechnology Centre andColegMenai's Engineering Department share their state-of-the-art technology with EESW during a three-day Christmas course. Pupils can then see and use the latest facilities to help address the requirements of each project inconjunction with a local industry.

Both Bangor University and Coleg Menai are very anxious to support the work of EESW, universities, further education, schools and local industries working together. Addressing real live issues, through a practical approach can only benefit the people involved. The interest generated motivates youngsters and provides them with the necessary knowledge skills and understand in grequired for modern engineering. in turn, this can be a positive move that helps to retain youngsters with in our communities and improve their level of skills.

Professor Janet Pritchard, head of College of Education and Lifelong Learning at Bangor University, supports the role of EESW and sees the university as akey provider in supporting the scheme with the university' sex pertise and resources.

The EESW objectives fit in very comfortably with the Bangor University's Design and Technology Centre's strategy. Students are encouraged to be innovative with in a real context. Beloware examples of full-time students' work at Bangor, indicating innovation with in a real context.

Police Stinger: Police can deploy and detract the stinger by pressing as witch, this will allow the officer to stand in a safe place while operating the equipment. At the moment, the stinger is projected and with drawn manually by a policeman standing on the side of the road.

Jewellery: Pieces of jewellery designed and manufactured by a student working insilver. The theme is based around the locality where the student lives. The student anticipates developing a business, selling these products after graduating and leaving college. The degree course is looked upon as preparation towards a successful entrepreneurial future.

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