The Thomas Hardye School

Thomas Hardye students learn about Engineering


On March 10th 2017, around thirty five Engineers came from near and far to Thomas Hardye to meet and inspire students in years 9 and 10 at the school’s biennial ‘Meet the Engineers’ event. As part of the Schools’ celebration of British Science Week, this was an exciting opportunity for students to ask questions about a range of career pathways and to find out the wide variety of activities that Engineers actually do in their daily work. Demonstrations ranged from electrical engineering to bioengineering, supply chain engineering, civil, coastal, aeronautical, avionics, mechanical, chemical engineering, gas detection and even how smoothies are made and distributed, with very strong representation from Defence industry employees.

The excitement levels were raised when Aston Martin Lagonda engineers arrived at lunchtime in a prototype DB11 that they had driven down from Gaydon. This was a great crowd puller in the school grounds and cameras were soon in action to record the moment. Although hard to imagine anything to top this arrival, ten minutes later the Fleet Air Arm managed to defy the foggy conditions and flew in a Merlin helicopter from Yeovilton to land on our school playing field! Once landed and the field area declared secure, students were allowed to look round the multimillion pound craft. The air crew and the ground crew were prepared to answer question all afternoon before a large crowd (watching from a safe distance) saw it take off and return to base to round off an exceptional day.

During the event, more than 500 students attended sessions in their science lessons in the theatre with many more taking advantage of the opportunity to examine the car and the helicopter. The geniality and enthusiasm of all the engineers who participated was much appreciated – students’ feedback indicated that they found the engineers to be ‘cool, interesting, clever, intelligent, friendly and fun problem solvers who create things that make human lives better’ amongst other overwhelmingly flattering words. Judith Wardlaw, the school’s Science and Industry Partnership Co-ordinator said “The day was an invaluable enrichment opportunity for students and will surely encourage them to understand the value of their cross-curricular STEM school studies and maybe even to consider a career in engineering.”

The Thomas Hardye School would like to thank the following companies/organisations for allowing their staff to give their valuable time and share their expertise with our students, bringing the exciting world of engineering prospects so vividly to life for them:

Airbus Defence & Space; Aston Martin Lagonda; Biotrack Ltd; Commando Helicopter Force 846 Naval Air Squadron, Yeovilton & 1710 Naval Air Squadron Portsmouth; Costain; Engineering & Environment at the University of Southampton; Honeywell Analytics; Bioengineering at Imperial College; Innocent Drinks; Jaguar Land Rover; Mars Petcare UK; MOD Apache Team; QinetiQ; Rolls Royce; Siemens.

Also Etienne Peach (Year 13 leader of Future Engineers and the Panthers team - which will be going to the National Finals of the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools National Finals soon) together with Matt Torok and Stephen Workman, both Arkwright Scholars in Year 12, helped out by showing off their Land Rover 4x4 and Green Power projects to the students.

Special thanks too are due to visiting STEM Ambassadors John Close and Karen Dickens who helped to facilitate the day.

Other events planned for a packed Thomas Hardye School British Science Week include:
The Community lecture Monday 13 March ‘Gods, Devils and Alcohol’ by Dr Peter Wothers MBE on the history behind chemical names.
The CERN@school sixth-form team competing in the Big Bang Competition in Birmingham NEC Tuesday 14 -Thursday 16 March with their South Atlantic Anomaly project.
A visit by sixth form biologists and St Mary’s Puddletown to Discover Oceanography with the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, Wednesday 15 March.
A visit to the Exeter University Medical School for a group of Year 9 students for ‘Men in White’ a medical mystery experience, Thursday 16 March.
A team of 6 Year 9 girls to take part in a STEM challenge at ATLAS Elektronik, Winfrith, Friday 17 March.

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Merlin merlin Helicopter
Merlin Merlin Merlin crew
Aston Martin MTE MTE


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March 2017