The Engineering Education Scheme Wales( EESW) | STEM Cymru
The Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) is a non-profit, educational charity which has been in existence since 1989. Their mission is to further the knowledge and experience of practical STEM and to enhance Essential, Key and Employability Skills.
Each year, around 600 Year 12 students take part in the Engineering Education Scheme Wales’ Sixth Form Project. The students work in teams of up to eight on a six-month STEM project, set by a link company.
This award is in memory of the late Dr Tom Parry Jones (1935-2013) who was a trustee of EESW for 20 years. Tom was a great entrepreneur and innovator, who established Lion Laboratories in Cardiff in 1967 and played a major role in developing the roadside hand-held electronic breathalyser, which is used by police forces across the world. The Dr Tom Parry Jones EESW Student of the Year Award is supported by his widow, Mrs Raj W Jones.
Students from across Wales who took part in the EESW sixth form project last year were invited to submit an application form, detailing their experience with STEM subjects and how they might contribute to the future of the Welsh Economy. There were a large number of excellent applications and ten students were interviewed.
The ten finalists were invited to the Welsh Automotive Forum Members’ Networking Dinner at the Vale Hotel, Hensol on 30th November. Their places at the dinner were kindly sponsored by Dr Raj Jones, BPU Accountants and Lloyds Bank. The winners were announced by Robert Cater, CEO of EESW and the awards were presented by the First Minister of Wales, the Rt Hon. Carwyn Jones AM.
The winning student, Loren Molyneux from Ysgol Friars, worked with the Photonics Academy of Wales at Bangor University on a project entitled “A Photonics Concept Activated Self-Levelling Platform”. She will receive £800 towards her fees for studying a STEM subject.
The runners up were William Hughes from Gower College Swansea, who worked with Power & Water on a project entitled “Zero emission mobility enhancement systems” and Kieran Dalton from Ysgol Friars, who worked with Loren on their project with the Photonics Academy of Wales at Bangor University. Each runner up will receive £400 towards their fees for studying a STEM subject.
The judges also selected Oliver Barbaresi of Ysgol Friars for a discretionary award.
Below are a selection of quotes from students who participated in the EESW Sixth Form Project 2016-2017
“In the team, personally we have all seen a raise of interest for a future in engineering and a passion for the representation of females and an end to the gender gap ever present in engineering and many other industries.”
“I started the EESW scheme unsure of how it would help me later in life, however the scheme has been incredibly rewarding to the development of both my personal skills and my understanding of engineering. Previously to joining the scheme, my contact with engineering had been minimal at best, I had a lack of understanding to the magnitude of jobs and areas that it covered, and now realise that Art and Design Technology are both key parts in engineering, and given the right opportunity I might go down the path of a job in the field.”
“Throughout this whole project, I learnt a lot of things including a great deal about technology, how to design and manufacture a product, I learnt what the public wants and needs and I also learnt that if you want to be part of a big project like this one, you need to be committed and turn up to every meeting so that you don’t miss anything. It is crucial not to miss anything so that you are up to date on what needs to be done.”
“I have learnt the importance and the advantages of working in a team, the significance of communication, and the reasons behind deadlines. The project we were given has broadened my understanding of the consequences of the gender gap and sparked my passion about the subject, which is something I would like to continue to debate in the future. The EESW has helped me develop my personal skills to the next level, I now have greater confidence with speaking to new people and crowds, working in teams, and my writing and thinking skills have all developed greatly, something that will be very beneficial to me in the future.”
The EESW Wales Rally GB Competition for schools was a joint initiative between the WRGB organisers, Toyota UK and the Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) on behalf of the Welsh Government and was open to all primary schools, secondary schools and colleges in the region. EESW received over a hundred entries into the competition from primary schools, secondary schools and colleges in Wales and the task of selecting a winner was not an easy one!
Rheinallt Jones of Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni was the proud winner of the competition, having his livery design applied to a Toyota GT86, courtesy of Toyota. The winning design was applied to the car, which was displayed at Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni for a short period ahead of its official unveiling. The design was officially unveiled by Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Infrastructure, Ken Skates and Toyota GAZOO Racing WRC star Jari Matti Latvala at the Big Bang @ Dayinsure Wales Rally GB on Thursday 26th October, in front of a large crowd of Rally-goers!
Rheinallt was presented with a scale model of his liveried car and an artist’s impression of his design, signed by WRC racing drivers Latvala, Juho Hänninen and Esapekka Lappi as well as Team Principal, four-time WRC Champion and Tommi Mäkinen.
Rheinallt said “I tried to think of what would look cool and came up with the red dragon on the Welsh flag and then changed the shape to fit the car. I went through multiple designs and it took about a week to settle on the final one. I’m a big rallying and motor sport fan in general, so I’m really excited to be here with my friends and family and am looking forward to taking them along to see some of the action”
The runners-up of the competition, Blake Chandler (Ysgol Gwynedd) and Ivan Cherednichenko (Corpus Christi High School) also attended the unveiling and received hoodies and goody bags, courtesy of Performance Clothing and Toyota. The winner and runners-up were treated to a VIP lunch, courtesy of Citroen and Toyota, as well as a VIP tour of the Toyota Engine Plant.
The Big Bang @ Dayinsure Wales Rally GB STEM Awareness Event was a huge success, with over 1800 people attending over two days, with over 500 receiving a tour of the Toyota Engine Plant. Over 30 schools from across Wales attended with their pupils and the event was a huge hit with teachers, pupils and members of the public alike! With interactive exhibits from EESW, Toyota, Qioptiq, JCB, Airbus and many more, there were lots of things to see and do at the event!
Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy thoroughly enjoyed their time at the event, saying “The Education Marquee was brilliant with lots of interactive activities for our students (and staff!!) to take part in. But it was brilliant to come away with clear information regarding qualifications needed for apprenticeships not to mention where these opportunities are available. We can now use these and pass them on to our students back in school.”
For more photos of the Big Bang @ Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, click here!
An all-girl team of budding engineers are representing Wales at the F1 in Schools Challenge World Finals in Malaysia, 2017.
The team – Eleanor Edwards-Jones, Beca Jones, Jessica Pritchard, Tesni Smith, Anna Thomas and Elin Worth – are all Year 11 pupils at Ysgol Brynrefail, Gwynedd studying GCSEs in Design & Technology and Science.
The pupils, collectively known as “Team Falcon Force” are making the 6,640-mile once-in-a-lifetime trip to Malaysia after beating six other Welsh schools to win the north Wales regional final in April. The Engineering Education Scheme Wales runs the F1 in Schools Challenge in Wales and has provided mentoring and support to the team throughout their journey in the competition.
The team went on to be the Best Welsh Team at the national finals at Silverstone, having been judged by (amongst others) F1 specialists from Mercedes and McLaren.
The team were also nominated for the “Women in Motorsport” prize for designing the fastest model F1 car in Wales, with the car being the 9th fastest in the UK.
The girls worked hard during lunch breaks and holidays to design and make the car – with a ‘little’ help from Mr Paul Griffiths, their DT Teacher.
The project included making an oral presentation to judges, their car passing a scrutiny test, racing the car along a 20-metre track powered by a gas canister and against other competitors. They also produced an engineering portfolio, found team sponsors and raised the £17,000 necessary to get the six of them to Malaysia.
Team Falcon Force were obviously successful in raising the £17,000 needed, as they are currently starting a week of competition racing in Kuala Lumpur against 42 teams from all around the World!