Students enjoy visit from Cummins staff

Staff from Cummins at Guilsborough School.
Staff from Cummins at Guilsborough School.

An engineering firm in Daventry has visited a secondary school to help students with a project.

Workers from Cummins went to Guilsborough School for a visit connected to the Big Bang and UK Scientists and Engineer Fair at the NEC in Birmingham.

Ahead of the Big Bang, which runs from yesterday (Wednesday) until Saturday, the firm worked with students promoting science, technology, English and maths (STEM).

The activity was titled When Natural Disaster Strikes.

Sally Childs, a corporate responsibility coordinator, said: “We asked the students to get into teams to simulate a response to a natural disaster.

“The pupils took the place of a team of International Emergency Specialists. Predicting and reacting to complex and severe natural events is an extreme example of just how important STEM professionals are to society.”

In their teams the students were asked to plan and build a model aid centre for one of two disasters, either a volcano or tsunami.

The youngsters had tasks to complete which included planning a camp, creating a model of a power generation system and delivering a presentation to a series of judges.

Each team nominated one person to take roles including project manager, building surveyor, finance office, communication director and lead engineer.

The students then made model wind turbines or solar field panels from items such as paper and straws bottles.

The winning teams are due to be VIPs at the Big Bang Event.

They will also be invited to have a tour of Cummins’ facilities and have lunch.