On Tuesday 5 September, UTC Swindon welcomed Thames Water to the school to deliver The Network Challenge to Year 10 students as part of their induction.
The challenge consisted of planning, building and testing a water network, to help raise awareness of engineering theories in a practical situation. The students were split into teams and each appointed a role such as Project Manager, Lead Engineer and Communication Manager. They were required to use mathematics and design theory to create a water network within a confined set of rules. The activity helped students to develop teamwork, communication and problem solving skills.
Liz Banks, education coordinator for the company, who led the activity said, “Our Network Challenge activity is always great fun, and the new Year 10 students really got stuck in with planning and building their water networks. We saw some excellent budding engineers who solved the problems quickly and creatively, and our team of Thames Water volunteers all enjoyed supporting the student teams!”
The day was a fantastic opportunity for students to become more aware of challenges within a business that they could be faced with when they enter the world of work. We look forward to welcoming Thames Water again to run more challenges with our students in future.