After the success of the on-line ‘I’m an Engineer. Get me out of here!’ event last year additional classes have participated in this year’s event. 30 of our Year 7 and 30 of our Year 9 pupils are taking part over two weeks from 9th – 20th March. The event has enabled students to meet and interact with real engineers on-line. It’s an X Factor-style competition between engineers, where the students are the judges.
Students can submit questions via the I’m an Engineer website which the engineers will try to answer by the next day. These stay on site so that participants can read the questions other students have already asked, and the engineers’ answers.
Our students were also given the opportunity to challenge the engineers over fast-paced online live chats in a safe environment. The students ask the engineers anything they want regarding engineering, and vote for their favourite engineer to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public.
Thornhill pupils are taking part in the communications zone where the students have had the opportunity to talk to four engineers from a variety of backgrounds. There is one engineer looking at unlimited wireless networks, and another one developing cable vessels. There are two engineers looking at how machines communicate with each other; and another one designing silicon chips to record and play videos on mobile phones.
Both classes have taken part in their on-line chats with the engineers in the first week and the photos were taken during and after the first live chat with the Year 9 class.