Hands-on engineering at Oundle

Swansea University’s aerospace engineer Dr Ben Evans recently visited Oundle School as part of the new Engineer in Residence scheme

The scheme, initiated by Sanderson Fellow and Chemistry teacher, Dr James Bessent, aims to educate and inspire the pupils about the role of a modern day engineer.

James commented: “Oundle has a rich history in engineering and it is hoped that the visit will inspire the next generation of Oundle pupils into considering engineering as a career path.

“Engineering courses have moved well beyond the confines of the manufacturing industry and involve greater blurring of disciplines, especially across the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. One of the aims of this visit was to showcase the range of careers and skillsets within engineering and to open pupils’ eyes to the diversity – and the future – of the industry as a whole.”

Dr Evans’s packed three-day timetable saw him deliver classes in aerodynamics to Upper Sixth physicists as well as wowing audiences with his work as lead aerodynamicist on the Bloodhound SSC car, a supersonic car which Bloodhound hope will exceed 1000mph come 2016.

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