Students Re-invent the WheelStudents Re-invent the Wheel

The successful students pose with their winning creation

On Monday, 4th of April, Ysgol John Bright took part in a National EESW competition at Venue Cymru.

This was the first time that the school had taken part in this competition, and the students were eager to do well. The students had to solve a real industry design problem through collaborating with an external engineer/company. Ysgol John Bright were paired with WK & RJ Lee, a haulage company from Cheshire.

Ashley Bellis, Thomas Edwards and James Townsend (all Year 12 Design and Technology students) worked alongside the company director, Mr Will Lee, EESW director Mr Graham Nutt, their teacher Mr Dylan Williams, and the Technology Faculty technician, Mr John McMillan over a period of six months to develop and manufacture a product that would make life easier for the company.

Their design problem was: “To design and make a method for holding the wheel of a wagon/HGV lorry so that a new tread could be cut into the tyre”.

Several designs were considered to the point of three fully functional prototypes being manufactured, with the students working on site at Ysgol John Bright and Coleg Menai, Bangor. However, the best design was developed and refined into a high quality end product that answered all the specification points given by the haulage company.
The students were very keen to impress at Venue Cymru, but were also nervous as they had to give a ten-minute presentation to invited delegates to describe the ‘jig’. Their presentation was exemplary with excellent feedback being given to them for their team ethos and attention to detail in the design work.

Three major awards were given during the presentation, and Ysgol John Bright won the award for “Best Innovative Design for a product”. Ashley, Thomas and James all received a certificate for their work along with a cash prize each, and for the school. Mr Lee and Mr Nutt were very complimentary of the boys’ performance throughout the project and have stated that they look forward to working with Ysgol John Bright again in the near future. The students were also pleased with their efforts and have already shown that they are eager to take part in the EESW competition again, next year.

The successful students pose with their winning creation

On Monday, 4th of April, Ysgol John Bright took part in a National EESW competition at Venue Cymru.

This was the first time that the school had taken part in this competition, and the students were eager to do well. The students had to solve a real industry design problem through collaborating with an external engineer/company. Ysgol John Bright were paired with WK & RJ Lee, a haulage company from Cheshire.

Ashley Bellis, Thomas Edwards and James Townsend (all Year 12 Design and Technology students) worked alongside the company director, Mr Will Lee, EESW director Mr Graham Nutt, their teacher Mr Dylan Williams, and the Technology Faculty technician, Mr John McMillan over a period of six months to develop and manufacture a product that would make life easier for the company.

Their design problem was: “To design and make a method for holding the wheel of a wagon/HGV lorry so that a new tread could be cut into the tyre”.

Several designs were considered to the point of three fully functional prototypes being manufactured, with the students working on site at Ysgol John Bright and Coleg Menai, Bangor. However, the best design was developed and refined into a high quality end product that answered all the specification points given by the haulage company.
The students were very keen to impress at Venue Cymru, but were also nervous as they had to give a ten-minute presentation to invited delegates to describe the ‘jig’. Their presentation was exemplary with excellent feedback being given to them for their team ethos and attention to detail in the design work.

Three major awards were given during the presentation, and Ysgol John Bright won the award for “Best Innovative Design for a product”. Ashley, Thomas and James all received a certificate for their work along with a cash prize each, and for the school. Mr Lee and Mr Nutt were very complimentary of the boys’ performance throughout the project and have stated that they look forward to working with Ysgol John Bright again in the near future. The students were also pleased with their efforts and have already shown that they are eager to take part in the EESW competition again, next year.

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