Haughton Academy pupils are inspired by world’s leading engine manufacturers

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Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

Haughton Academy pupils are inspired by world’s leading engine manufacturers

BUDDING engineers build a unique Lego model of an engine

BUDDING engineers have built a unique Lego model of an engine that has been powering machinery and aspirations around the globe.

Year 8 and 9 students from Haughton Academy, Darlington, spent the morning with one of the world’s leading engine manufacturers Cummins.

The task for the 21 most-able and talented students was to build a quarter scale model of the QSK95, which had been specially made for Cummins by Lego.

The model travels the world inspiring young people to consider careers in engineering. The real 4,400HP QSK95 engine boasts 16 cylinders, measures 5x14x8ft and needed 150 engineers to design the product. It currently powers trains and ships around the world and is used in power generation.

With the help of Cummins engineers, the students followed plans to build a variety of engine parts. Once completed they were attached to the engine block giving students an invaluable insight into the design and manufacturing processes.

Haughton Academy’s careers officer Suzanne Lyons said: “The aim is to open students’ minds from an early age to the huge range of opportunities available that use STEM subjects.”

Students were also exposed to the variety of possible routes into engineering, from degrees to high level apprenticeships, many of which lead to careers and avoid student debt.

“The initiative boosts students’ self-esteem and confidence, team-building and communications skills and you see a marked difference in them when they return to the classroom,” Mrs Lyons said.

Cummins calibration quality manager Sarah Martin said: “The aim is to raise aspirations and attract talent into an engineering or technical career.

“The Lego event provided an opportunity to share knowledge, educate and inspire young children to follow a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Lauren Bennett, 12, said: “I hadn’t really thought about engineering but found it much more interesting and easier than I thought. I also didn’t realise that in firms like Cummins there are other opportunities too, such as marketing, which I really like the sound of.”

Jake Mason, 12, added: “I really enjoyed the session and would love to work for Cummins, like my uncle. I would like to work on the manufacturing side or perhaps in analysis.”