In year one, you’ll design, manufacture and assemble 3D parts for a gearbox using computer software and our manufacturing workshop. You’ll also work with your team to build a cardboard bridge and use knowledge from modules on materials, mechanics, design and manufacture, maths and computer analysis to predict when and where it will break.
As part of the design and manufacture module, you’ll work in a team to design and make an elastic-powered device to transport a box of accelerometers (e.g. a Nintendo Wii remote) over a given distance. The devices are then raced or tested against each other in our industry-sponsored ‘Shooting, Racing and Flying’ competition. The device that you build varies in line with the course that you study:
Mechanical and Automotive Engineering
You’ll create four-wheel buggies within a specific set of dimensions and to a specific weight. You can expect to see a wide range of designs and ideas as each of you will hope that your buggy will travel the furthest in the final competition.
Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering
You’ll build gliders focusing on both the design and manufacture of the glider and its wings.
You’ll construct a ‘bio-arm’ to throw a ball containing accelerometers into a movable target.