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South east students get in to engineering

Sixth-form students taking science, technology and maths subjects in the south east were given the chance to learn about engineering careers at a special all-day event held last week at Oxford Brookes University.

The event, Engineering Your Future, was organised by the ICE, IET and IMechE regional offices and was designed as a fun day to encourage young people to consider going into the various engineering professions.

The 35 attending students were split into teams and participated in activities geared to demonstrating the range of projects that fall into the engineering category. These included a water conservation project, organised by Mouchel, an aerosol spray design, run by Crown, and an activity to analyse stresses on mountaineering gear, by Oxford Brookes. Rutherford Appleton Laboratory even ran a vibration testing project to test egg stand designs.

Jo Hodges, the science enterprise manager at the Oxford Trust, which helped organise the event, said: "The Engineering Your Future event is a great way to bring companies and students together and open young minds to the wide range of exciting engineering careers their science A-levels can prepare them for."

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