Students’ ideas become a reality

Cramlington Learning Village pupils including Josh Clarke (14) and Rachel Carroll (13) seen with Leading CAD Technician Andrew Coull go on a tour of American Air Filters at Cramlington and have some of their paper designs made up in metal by the company.
Cramlington Learning Village pupils including Josh Clarke (14) and Rachel Carroll (13) seen with Leading CAD Technician Andrew Coull go on a tour of American Air Filters at Cramlington and have some of their paper designs made up in metal by the company.

PUPILS at a Cramlington school have been designing and developing a 3D engineering model as part of a technology challenge.

The Year 9 students at Cramlington Learning Village have been working with AAF (American Air Filter) to create a vehicle, building or bridge to a specific design brief.

And AAF project manager Ryan Noble and AutoCAD technician Andrew Coull have picked a winner from two groups of students who were set the task of researching and producing sketches for their ideas which will eventually a made into a 3D model.

There were three joint thirrd place prizes – the butterfly designed by Kristie Auld, Charlotte Ramsay, Anna Smith and Amy Southern; the Tyne Bridge by Tara Richardson, Charlotte Stewart, Hannah Barkby and Jamie Thompson; and the giraffe by Sam Little, Matthew Cross and Ben Green.

Second prize went to Josh Mackain, Josh Clarke, Natalie Johnson and Kirsty Johnston for their Chopper bike.

And the winning design was the hedgehog designed by Niamh Boydell, Rachel Carroll and Helen Sumner.

AAF modelled and fabricated the bike and the hedgehog for all the members of both teams plus a copy for display in the school.

Jackie Stent, head of careers and offsite Learning at Cramlington Learning Village, said: “I hope this project has inspired the students to continue to improve their design technology skills and possibly aim for a career in this particular vocational area.”

AAF project manager Ryan Noble added: “AAF were excited by the opportunity to get so closely involved with a local school on what was a challenging project for the students.

“All those involved at AAF were genuinely impressed with the efforts of each and every student and the winning designs surpassed our expectations.”