The five-year rolling programme selects a group of talented and motivated pupils to work on science and engineering-based projects and find innovative solutions to real-world problems. The ultimate aim of the
project is to encourage the participants to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
This year’s graduation ceremony for the second group of students to complete the programme took place on 8th September 2016.
Every year, the Future Brunels programme selects 12 new students from four Bristol secondary schools based on their potential and passion for science and engineering. The five-year programme, inspired by the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, involves students attending the programme six times a year either at the Brunel Institute or at engineering and science sites.
As a corporate academy supporter, Renishaw aids the Future Brunels programme as well as other projects at the Brunel Institute and ss Great Britain Trust. Renishaw hosts an annual interactive workshop for the Future Brunels to educate the pupils on the importance of highly accurate measurement. Additionally, the students undertake a hands-on activity such as making homopolar motors and ‘toothbrush racers’.
Renishaw also provides a tour of its headquarters site and an introduction to its broad range of products, including those for dental and neurological applications, enabling the students to gain an overview of what Renishaw does and what a career in engineering can offer.
Julie Collins, education liaison manager of Renishaw said: “We would like to congratulate the latest generation of Future Brunels on their graduation from the programme and we hope the activities they have been involved in throughout the scheme resonate with them in future. The Future Brunels programme is a unique experience and a good way of exploring the wide range of STEM career options early on.”
“Renishaw’s involvement in the project provides real life examples of the kinds of rewarding engineering careers young people can pursue,” explained Louisa Pharoah, director of development of the ss Great Britain Trust. “Renishaw is an ideal partner because it shares our vision of promoting STEM careers as attractive options to young people.”