On the 7th May Festo welcomed more than 30 students to its Northampton headquarters from two local schools, Winstanley Community College in Leicester and Welland Park Academy in Market Harborough.
Winstanley Community College brought along their STEM club, a mixed group of years 7, 8 and 9 pupils some of who had already had a look at the Festo website and were excited to learn more about our Learning from Nature programme. They particularly enjoyed the Festo training system with many questions on how it worked and where the applications would be used in real life. After a fascinating discussion about how cars are manufactured, where you might use a pick and place system, which sensors are used where and why a car factory would have a liquid handling system they moved onto an inspiring look around the Festo Exhibition Room.
Welland Park Academy came with their years 7 and 8 Girls Engineering club. They had narrowly missed out on reaching the finals of the Big Bang fair STEM competition this year as they had in previous years so were keen to come along and get some inspiration for next year’s competition. They were fascinated by the pneumatics workshops and had a great time looking at the Fluidic Muscle and a basic cylinder and comparing the differences. How we learn from nature was also of interest to them, in particular the two angels we take – sometimes taking a specific problem and looking to nature to help us solve it and other times seeing something in nature, developing a concept of it and then finding a specific application for it. They will take these lessons back with them to help with next year’s entry to the Big Bang competition.
Both groups were very interested in how they could progress in careers in engineering and we talked about our apprentice programme and which subjects they should study at GCSE. Then Stephen Olagoke, one of our graduate engineers, explained to them his route into Festo.
Festo are firmly committed to inspiring and developing young engineers for the future. This encompasses support of local schools, colleges and universities within a variety of programs and events.
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