The project of four Year 12 students from Hardenhuish School culminated this week when they presented their findings to the global engineering and technology services company, Siemens in Chippenham.
Benjamin Pope, Aaron Higgins, Alexander Mackintosh and Jack Pyne had spent nine months investigating the efficiency and suitability of the railway running from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington. Having met weekly with engineers from Siemens, the presentation was the students’ opportunity to share their ideas on producing a more sustainable railway with members of Siemens’ senior management team, as well as the Science teacher who oversaw the project, Mr Niall Holbourn and Mr David Mayo, Curriculum Leader for Science at Hardenhuish.
As Mr Holbourn explained; “The project really demonstrated to the students the importance of collaboration and the need to communicate and work effectively as team. The students have worked very hard over the last nine months and this was demonstrated by their competency and understanding during the presentation”.
As part of the project, the students were given the opportunity to visit both Reading and Didcot depots where they saw how the trains are manufactured and gained an understanding of the logistics of managing the railway. Some of them also did work experience with Siemens during the summer.
After the presentation and Q&A session, during which the students were asked about their experience of the project, Mr Holbourn said “the students acquitted themselves excellently when presenting to Siemens. The research they had completed into renewable energy systems, the hyperloop and time-saving algorithms were at the peak of current technology. It is excellent to see Hardenhuish students taking the wonderful opportunities to gain experience in engineering and building a range of important life skills”.