Pupils get stuck in building Lego engine

Lego day at Cummins
Lego day at Cummins

The latest Cummins QSK95 diesel engine weighs more than 13 tonnes and is capable of producing 3600-4400 horsepower.

And the 1/3 scale model created by visiting pupils at the Daventry firm’s plant on Royal Oak Way South last week might be made of Lego, but it is every bit as impressive as the real thing. Created from 30,000 individual Lego bricks forming 40 separate components, more than 200 pupils from local schools including Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village and Daventry University Technical College got to grips with the latest of Cummins’ locomotive engines as part of the firm’s new initiative to motivate and inspire students to excel in science, technology, engineering and maths(STEM).

Pupils were given a tour of the plant before being split off into group working with mentors. They were challenged to use problem solving and critical thinking to create the replica engine – core skills prized by employers and essential to STEM subjects.

Sally Childs, corporate responsibilty leader, said: “The feedback I have received since this event started has been very positive and the students and teachers all said they had a fantastic experience at Cummins.”

Dot Boyles, the plant’s HR leader, added: “Not only is it rewarding to see the interaction and team work that evolves, but we hope that it will encourage them to consider engineering as a future career.”

Pete Glover, Daventry plant manager, said: As a company we are constantly looking at ways to promote engineering as a career as we continue to try to ensure we have good candidates for our future workforce.”