Posted on 7th July 2016
Rockwell Collins UK hosts ‘Introduction to Engineering’ days for local schoolchildren
On 14th and 15th June Rockwell Collins hosted two ‘Introduction to Engineering’ days at our simulation & training centre of excellence in Burgess Hill, UK.
This was part of a company-wide diversity and inclusion initiative to encourage more young people to enter roles related to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
A total of 36 Year 8 students from Oakmeeds Community College, St. Pauls Catholic College, Warden Park Academy, Oathall Community College, Downlands Community School and Chailey School attended during the two days They spent time learning about the field and scope of engineering, what we do in our Burgess Hill facility and took part in a number of hands-on engineering-related activities. Students constructed a low cost ‘smartphone’ projector, created some virtual synthetic environment objects to view on the image generators, and built a large spherical section film mirror – all key elements of a complete visual system and examples of the type of work we do. They also had the opportunity to fly the F-35 simulator visual.
Initial feedback has been excellent. The students found the activities interesting and engaging and we are confident we have inspired some of them to consider engineering as a serious career option.
Some quotes from the students:
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"
"“We have been members of BHBPA from its inception, and seen the organisation steadily grow and expand into the dynamic entity it is today, bringing positive benefits to all its members.""
""BHBPA is a really well organised and run group, great for networking and benefitting from knowledgeable local speakers with real business insight. Peter brings enthusiasm and humour which helps drive the association forward. I am glad to be part of it.""
"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "