Students Engineering the Future

Engineering Worldskills at Alton College

The regional heats of the Worldskills UK Industrial Electronics competition took place in Alton College’s state-of-the-art Sonardyne Centre for Design Technology last month. Participants, including a number of students from Alton College, undertook a series of written and practical tasks over the course of a day. At the end of the month, the organisers announced the top 10 National Finalists, three of which are from Alton College. Tom Andrews, previously at The Petersfield School, Jimmy Page, previously at Perins School and Ian Dodd, previously at Calthorpe Park, have successfully progressed to the next round of the competition and will undertake pre-national final training in July at Premiere EDA Solutions. The finals will take place in November at the NEC in Birmingham.   

Alton College Engineering Summer School

Budding young engineers once again have a chance to fine tune their design and technology skills in Alton College’s sell-out Engineering Summer School for 12 – 14 year olds. The course focuses on the theme of Renewable Energies culminating the week students testing and racing solar powered vehicles and takes place in the Sonardyne Centre from 17 – 21 August, 9-3pm and costs £70 for the week thanks to sponsorship from The Sonardyne Foundation and The Ellis Campbell Charitable Foundation.

Bonnie Longman, 12, currently at Amery Hill School took part in the course last summer, she said: 'It was one of the best courses I have ever been on everyone was really friendly'.

Barbara Cox tutor for the 2015 programme said: 'We are really excited about this year’s programme, we will explore solar, wind and wave renewable energies young people will be able to design build and test solar powered cars.'