Do you have what it takes to be an Engineer?
We are delighted that our Paul Harris and Jason Low, Senior Structural and Infrastructure & Environment Engineers, were asked to manage a stand at the St Bede’s School Career Fair in Redhill on Wednesday 8 March.
In collaboration with Surrey Chamber of Commerce, over 350 students in Year 10 and 11 attended to learn more about their future career opportunities. It was here that Paul and Jason were invited to organise their stand, showcasing what Waterman can offer.
Rather than selling a Civil/Structural Engineering career to the students, they decided to turn the tables and challenge them by asking, “Do you have what it takes to be an Engineer?”
They explained, “We proposed two tasks: the first was a solo challenge to create a structure from a singular sheet of paper and cellotape, capable of supporting a 2,500-page book and standing 150mm from the table. The second was a team challenge to build a tower out of budget spaghetti and Jelly Babies. These had to sit within the footprint of an A4 sheet of paper and support a box of six Cadbury’s Creme Eggs, which was also the prize for the winning constructions.”
Despite some of the student’s initial trepidation’s that the challenges would be impossible to complete, Jason and Paul’s encouragement and technical support meant that everyone left with a great sense of achievement, in addition to a belly full of Jelly Babies.
Jason commented on the fair’s success, “I think it’s important to challenge students and help them to discover their potential. Everyone at St. Bede’s showed a lot of perseverance and determination to complete the tasks and seemed more attracted to a career in Engineering afterwards. It was great to see an equal ratio of girls and boys showing an interest, especially as the 8th of March celebrated International Women’s Day, and we met some brilliant potential Engineers.”