As part of Ramboll’s commitment to promoting engineering in the local community, Ramboll has once again partnered with Wimbledon High School to partake in the Engineering Education Scheme (EES) – one of many schemes ran by the Engineering Development Trust www.etrust.org.uk . EES provides a chance for students in Year 12 to tackle a genuine engineering project and its various challenges with assistance from professional engineers. Once again a few of Ramboll’s graduate engineers stepped up to mark of mentoring the students through the project from briefing to final presentations.
This year the brief was to produce a concept design for a disaster relief shelter for the homeless in Haiti, with potential further applications in future natural disasters elsewhere. The initial briefing took place in October and weekly meetings followed to progress the design. In December the students partook in a three day residential event hosted by the University of Surrey in Guildford where they were able to use the university facilities, including workshops and laboratories, to make models and test materials, ideas or anything else they wanted. They also got a chance to meet up with other EES groups to share their experiences and find out about other groups projects/company sponsors. After a successful residential, attention turned to using the knowledge gained, combined with assistance from Ramboll’s graduate team, to develop a final concept for the shelter.
By the end of April the students were ready with a final design report and model to take to the EES celebration day in London which all the EES groups from the local region attended along their teachers and company mentors. Each group had a stand at the event where the students were able to explain their project to the attendees and all the groups also gave a presentation to senior engineers from various companies. There was also time for the students to view each other’s projects and see how they had developed from the residential. Overall it was a really good experience for both the students and the Ramboll graduates. The graduates found it very useful in learning project management and how to motivate a team. Equally, it was very rewarding to see not just the development of the disaster relief shelter but how the students developed their skills too – all with our help.