Future engineers challenged to build a crane during IfM visit

A group of students from Chelmer Valley High School have visited the IfM to learn more about what engineers do.

As part of the activities, the 14 and 15-year-olds took the challenge of building a load-bearing crane using paper and cardboard tubes.


During their visit, the students attended a talk by Dr Tim Minshall on “what engineers really do”, where he highlighted the importance of an engineer’s role in today’s world, and the implications of improving existing technology and furthering new technology enhancements. The discussion was then followed by “the JIT game”, led by Dr Derek Ford, in which participants apply elements of Just-In-Time manufacturing to better understand this management philosophy.


The programme also included a punting trip along the river Cam.


Chelmsford-based college, Chelmer Valley specialises in engineering and leadership, and pays a yearly visit to the IfM to expose its student to a real-life engineering environment. This is part of the Department of Engineering’s School and Communities Outreach programme whose aim is to introduce children and young people to the fun and excitement of engineering in a university research environment.


To learn more about public engagement activities at the IfM visit this link.

Date published

21 July 2014

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