LONDON - On Friday, March 22, a team of volunteer engineers and apprentices from Dunton and CEME led the Ford Motor Company presentation and activity to inspire the next generation of engineers at a careers fair held in central London.
The one day event, aimed at 16-18 year olds and their teachers, entitled 'Engineering Your Future,' was attended by over 120 young people studying STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering or math) at schools and colleges in the greater London area.
The event was jointly coordinated and sponsored by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
The Ford team, led by Senior Restraints Engineer Barry Grindle, sent small teams of participants a miniature vehicle design and build challenge, with the emphasis on occupant safety.
The challenge for each team was to build a miniature vehicle which was capable of transporting a raw egg down a test ramp without it breaking, a challenge which was enthusiastically accepted by all participants and subsequently became very competitive.
The Ford volunteers listed below, overcame a number of last minute challenges themselves, including a last minute change of venue to the Institute of Civil Engineers, due to a power cut at the original IMechE HQ venue and a distinct lack of eggs in central London supermarkets local to the venue!
• Barry Grindle
• Nicola Gregory
• Vicki Noonan
• Edward Grant
• Vanessa Clayden
• Jack Morris
• Ben Saunders
• Harry Gurnett