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Heathrow prepares pupils for career take-off

Wed 17 April 2013, 1:22 pm

Students at secondary schools in the five boroughs surrounding Heathrow Airport are set to take part in a series of engineering challenges organised by the air hub.

The half-day events will see pupils build a mini version of the airport’s Terminal 5 track transit system (TTS) - the driverless train that takes passengers to boarding gates at Heathrow’s newest terminal - to give youngsters hands-on experience of engineering challenges.

One of the aims of the events is to give year eight pupils an insight into the variety of engineering careers available and the kind of knowledge required to embark upon them. First, students are taught about basic electrical circuits before setting a series of challenges, including using pressure switches, slide switches and electronic controllers to programme mini trains to perform actions similar to the TTS.

Students are helped with each challenge by Heathrow volunteers and engineering apprentices.

Nigel Milton, policy director at Heathrow, said: “We want to ensure the talented young people on our doorstep are aware of these careers and inspired to choose the STEM subjects needed to succeed in them,” he said.

The 35 sessions are funded by Heathrow to inspire the local communities to consider the broad range of opportunities available at the airport, including the Heathrow engineering apprenticeship scheme.

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