Published on Mar 23, 2012
Young manufacturers get off to a flying start!
Budding young manufacturers from Cheshire, Wirral and North Wales found out what it is like to work in the high-tech world of modern manufacturing, when they competed in the Electroimpact Make It Enterprising Challenge in Flintshire on 07 March 2012.
The event challenged 13 and 14 year-olds from ten schools to set up their own mini-manufacturing businesses and design, build and finance a new factory to make the wings for a well-known trans-global aeroplane.
The event was a collaboration between The Manufacturing Institute, North West Aerospace Alliance and Electroimpact, a world leader in the design, and manufacture of aerospace tooling and automation.
It is part of a series of themed challenges delivered by The Manufacturing Institute's 'Make It' campaign, and sponsored by NWAA's Take Off in Aerospace campaign, which aim to promote manufacturing and aerospace as exciting and rewarding career options for young people.
On the day, teams built their factories from polydrons and completed a series of tasks, each taking on job roles from managing director to operations managers through to finance, sales and marketing managers.
Teams were also tasked with developing a brand for their company before pitching their fully costed ideas in a Dragons' Den-style presentation to Electroimpact managers.
Castell Alun High School (Flintshire) was awarded the coveted winners trophy on the day, impressing the Dragons with their design for a wheeled track which would allow aeroplane wings to be transported around the factory smoothly.
Meanwhile, the team from The Bishop's Blue Coat High School (Chester) wowed the judges with their idea of using magnetic levitation to transport aeroplane wings around the production facility.
Nicola Crowther, Make It Campaign Manager, said:
"The Make It campaign is designed to show the exciting and creative careers that are on offer within manufacturing. Developing the next generation of talent is essential and this event allowed young people to learn first-hand just what it's like to work for a global business like Electroimpact."
John Jones, Mechanical Engineer at Electroimpact, said:
"Electroimpact is very pleased to have supported this event which is an excellent thing for young people to be involved in. It's clear to see how much the students enjoyed problem solving, developing ideas, designing new products and working together in teams, qualities that we need in our business to remain successful."
Alison Ainsworth, image and engagement coordinator, NWAA, said:
"The aerospace industry in the North West has a great deal to offer bright, ambitious young people looking for a challenging and dynamic career. Take Off in Aerospace aims to promote these opportunities and today has certainly helped demonstrate the exciting roles available locally, with globally successful employers."
Both schools will now go through to Make It's Grand Regional Final to be held in summer 2012.
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