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Luhua on the Engineering Track

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Bolton School Boys' Division Sixth Form student, Luhua Yang, enjoyed a unique learning experience when he took part in a four day Power Engineering course at Aston University.

Luhua joined a group of nearly fifty 16 and 17 year olds on the university campus for the residential course, where he had the chance to tackle a variety of practical design-and-build projects exploring the technology behind energy generation and distribution.

The course included a tour around a former power station to learn about re-engineering of generator components, and a visit to a modern conventional power station to learn about the technology used and to see professionals at work. The students also visited the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT Centre) to learn about renewable energy generation projects for the future and took part in a debate on the pros and cons of nuclear energy, before finishing off their course with a conference style dinner and disco.

The course gave Luhua the chance to sample university life and to develop teamwork, communication, problem solving and management skills. He had the chance to meet and work with real engineers to draw on their knowledge and experience, and find out about engineering degrees and the wide range of career prospects available to power industry professionals.

The Power Engineering course is run by independent educational charity The Smallpiece Trust, as part of an ongoing programme of residential courses to help young people aged 10 to 18 learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing.

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The course included a tour around a former power station