Design and Technology: Pupils Get Hands-On at NEC Show


On Thursday 16th November, Bede's Design and Technology department took the Lower Sixth Product Design students to the Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham.


The event showcases career opportunities in Product Design, Engineering and Construction and celebrates the skills of those studying to qualify in these professions by holding skills-based competitions in furniture making, systems and control, sheet metal working and stone masonry and more.

It was fascinating to see the competitors at work, see examples of industrial processes in action and be able to participate in 'have a go' activities like Virtual Welding.


Students were buzzing with excitement and full of enthusiasm for the sights and experiences they were exposed to.


Mr Potter, Mr Wickens and I were very impressed by the furniture produced by Chichester College students, several of whom were competing in the furniture making competition.


Students (and Mr Potter) enjoyed seeing Red Bull's formula 1 car up close. It was amazing how light and flimsy it looked due to being made predominantly from carbon fibre panels.


Overall, despite having to brave the M25 and a lengthy journey, an enjoyable and instructive day was had by all.


Congratulations to Viktoriia Marushchak, Lydia Bennett-Li and Dikembe Wilson for succeeding in the challenge of visiting all the exhibits recommended by the Design and Technology staff: their efforts were duly rewarded in the traditional manner - chocolate treats!


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