The initiative sees young engineers awarded with a scholarship from the Trust for their aptitude and creative approach to problem solving. Successful candidates are offered support over their two years of study at sixth form by a sponsor from industry.
For TWI this is an ideal way to help young engineers and scientists to realise their career aspirations in offering them a chance to learn more about innovation in materials joining and engineering and presenting them with opportunity to learn workplace skills.
TWI Arkwright scholars, Adam Cliff from St Ivo School Sixth Form and Oscar Jopp from Hills Road Sixth Form College, had already visited TWI following their award when they were given a tour of the premises and an introduction to the different labs. This latest visit saw them complete a week of project experience.
Adam and Oscar followed a schedule of work set by Borislava Yordanova, Lisa Blanchard and Marion Bourebrab, themselves studying for PhDs at TWI’s National Structural Integrity Research Centre.
The programme set by the TWI engineers involved Adam and Oscar spending time in a number of technology departments, learning about the process involved in running an investigative project and culminating with the creation of a final report.
For the practical side of the project, which covered the mechanical and micro properties of high strength steel and magnesium alloy, the sixth form scholars carried out destructive tensile testing, Charpy impact testing and microscopy studies.
They were asked to interpret the data and relate how the nature and microstructure of the materials influenced their mechanical properties. They finished their project work with a detailed report and a successful project presentation to an invited audience.
The team looks forward to seeing Adam and Oscar during their second year of sixth form studies when they will return to develop their skills further, as they move towards a career in engineering.
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