The first day of the new academic year saw Engineer-in-Residence, Dr Ben
Evans, come back to Oundle to initiate Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
research using the School’s wind tunnel, housed in the Physics Department.
Three Lower Sixth Form pupils, Rafe Trundell (16), Jemima Burgess (16) and
William Sly (16), all of whom are working on an EPQ, enjoyed hands-on
experience with the wind tunnel, making the most of their time with Dr
Evans to discuss the mathematics behind drag, thrust and lift.
Dr Evans will be returning to the School in May for the EPQ presentation
evening. In the meantime, he will be advising and guiding the pupils via email
or Twitter throughout the year from his base at Swansea University where he is a
lecturer in Aerospace Engineering.
The Engineer in Residence scheme, initiated
by Sanderson Fellow and Chemistry teacher, Dr James Bessent, is aimed at educating
and inspiring the pupils about the role of a modern day engineer.
James commented, “Oundle has a rich history in engineering and it is hoped that the
visits will inspire the next generation of Oundle pupils into considering
engineering as a career path.
courses have moved well beyond the confines of the manufacturing industry and
involve greater blurring of disciplines, especially across the STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. One of the aims of the visits
is to showcase the range of careers and skill sets within engineering and to
open pupils’ eyes to the diversity – and the future - of the industry as a
Dr Evans is also a lead aerodynamicist on the Bloodhound SSC car, a supersonic
car which Bloodhound hope will exceed 1000mph come 2016.
more information about the Bloodhound SSC project or Dr Evans visit:
About Oundle School’s new SciTec Campus
Since the days of the celebrated Headmaster F. W. Sanderson,
arguably the greatest educationalist of his age, Oundle has been recognised as one of the foremost
schools for science and engineering in the country. In 2007, SciTec, a major
and ground-breaking new science complex, opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art
laboratories. Oundle is now undertaking a large SciTec Campus development
project which will see a new Mathematics department built adjacent to
SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department
within the Patrick Engineering Centre.
Due for completion by September 2016, this development
will position Oundle at the heart of applying science and embrace developments
in new fields such as nanotechnology and mechatronics. It will enable
pupils to move
seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of
a workable technology. All STEM
disciplines will be united both philosophically and physically, enabling pupils
to understand fully how all the different stages interact.
The current Patrick Centre
will be extended and exhaustively refurbished, re-launching as the Patrick
Engineering Centre. The current ‘large projects’ space for which Oundle is
famous will be retained but relocated, and a design laboratory for prototyping
and design work will be created, acoustically segregated from the practical
facilities. A ‘clean laboratory’ will be provided adjacent to the design
laboratory, enabling high-tech processes such as 3D printing and robotics to be
deployed. In addition to the large projects space, there will be four
open-plan workshop bays that will enable pupils to be taught in small groups
whilst sharing fixed machinery, as well as two new dedicated classrooms for
design and theory that will be easily accessible from the workshops.
The new Mathematics
department will form the major part of an extension to the current SciTec
building, which was envisaged as a future development of the original design.
It will thereby complete the original architectural aspiration of a grand
entrance to the whole SciTec Campus. An internal quadrangle will be created,
giving equal status to all disciplines as well as a proper regard to the
newly-refurbished Adamson Centre opposite, encouraging an interplay between
Modern Languages and SciTec.
The extension will also
provide two new science project rooms adjacent to the current Biology and
Chemistry laboratories, enabling experiments and projects to be carried out
over a longer time-frame than is currently possible. This will bring particular
benefits for pupils working on Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs).
The School offers two Scholarships for Design and
Technology, one at 13+ and one at 16+. Entry forms and further details are
available on the admissions section of the School website: www.oundleschool.org.uk.