Headstart residential course: Sustainable Power Engineering
In July, 36 students from across the country took park in a four-day Headstart residential course to learn about sustainable power engineering. Headstart is a programme of courses from the Engineering Development Trust, aimed at encouraging talented students to consider STEM careers.
During their visit, the 17 year olds experienced life as a university student, attending lectures, visiting Heysham nuclear power station and completed practical challenges including designing a turbine using CAD, producing it on a 3D printer and testing it on the Departments wind and wave machines.
One student said "it was a great opportunity to work with other young potential STEM undergraduates on a large overarching project." The course, described as "exemplary" by the Headstart supervisor, was led by the department’s admission tutor Dr Steven Quayle with input from researchers in sustainable energy, supported by the team of engineering technicians.
Information about future courses can be found at www.etrust.org.uk