The 15-year-old was one of just 49 students invited to take part in the three-day event, part of a major initiative aimed at encouraging more young people to consider a career in engineering.
Organised by the Smallpeice Trust, the course gave students the opportunity to tackle ‘real-life’ challenges focusing on a range of areas including cryogenic and molecular electronics, nanotechnology, quantum devices and space science.
Dr Andrew Cave, Chief Executive of The Smallpeice Trust, commented: “This course was put together to provide students with a unique insight into Physics in Engineering. Job prospects in engineering are very positive. It is crucial that organisations work together to ensure that the UK has the talent pipeline ready to meet demand.”
Students were challenged by FirstGroup plc to design and build a train to a series of specifications while considering the challenges faced by railway engineers. Other projects included a ‘Lab Workshop’ run by the National Space Centre and a master class run by the National Nuclear Laboratory.
Ashley, who hopes to go into aeronautical or robotics engineering when he leaves school, said: “It was really, really good. There were some great lecturers and I really enjoyed making the train.”
The Smallpeice Trust Physics in Engineering course is part of an on-going programme of subsidised residential courses to help young people develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing. It was sponsored by the Ferreras Willetts Family, The Ogden Trust, the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and the University of Warwick.