Inspiring the future of our industry
“This sort of session, which combined ‘state of the art’ technology, real-life work, hands-on experience and expert visitors, all within a highly relevant context for the children (and was fun!) is about as good as it gets in education!” Des Walsh, Headteacher
The staff and students at Pomphlett Primary School are keenly watching the progress of their new building and playground via their drone, and regular site visits courtesy of the contractors, SWH Build. We were keen to support the school and engage with the pupils to provide a better understanding of the whole design and construction process, and last week we gave the Year 5 class a virtual demonstration of exactly what their new classrooms and facilities will look like.
Our Associate and Chartered Architectural Technologist, Ian Newcombe and Architectural Technician and BIM Specialist Ty Taiwo led the class in an interactive session covering everything from the use of mathematics in construction to design and engineering processes, minimising energy use and sustainability. These willing and enthusiastic pupils really got ‘stuck in’ with the challenges and were soon working out room areas from floor plans using scale rules and understanding the location and topography of the site using coordinates, contours and levels, before taking turns to try out our latest Virtual Reality technology to ‘walk’ through the new school.
Ian and Ty were then joined by the SWH Build Site Manager Jim Hird, and the three held a Q&A session, describing their job roles, and discussing the power and necessity of teamwork and collaboration in achieving successful outcomes.
As a practice, and as STEM Ambassadors, we are always excited to promote our industry, and the development and improvements in technology are making educational sessions such as this more engaging than ever, and hope that this will inspire the next generation of designers, engineers and builders into our industry.