Silverstone UTC engineering students visit Festo



We were pleased to welcome two groups of Year 13 engineering students from Silverstone UTC to our Northampton head quarters. They are all studying engineering with pneumatics modules and were keen to see what an automation company does. 

After a short introduction to both Festo and pneumatics they carried out practical workshops including the difference between a pneumatic cylinder and a Festo Fluid Muscle. There was also a biomimicry workshop looking at the characteristics of how a chameleon’s tongue can grip objects and what we can learn from this in the industrial world.  They then went on a tour around the Festo Application support area before completing further more complicated pneumatic circuit workshops.

We discussed how they could progress in careers in engineering and we talked about our apprentice programme at 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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