Marine Engineers visit Cecil Jones Academy to train up our Year 8 students!

April 27th 2022

After a very successful workshop at the end of October, we were lucky enough to welcome back the Sea Cadets and Seafarers Marine Charity for yet another experience, this time with our Year 8 pupils.

Presenter, Suzy Green from the Sea Cadets, gave the students an insight into marine engineering, what’s involved, what they do and the process in how to become a Marine Engineer.

She also spoke about the local Sea Cadets, the activities they do and how to join.

The students were totally engaged from the first minute with lots of interaction and very interesting questions.

After a couple of videos and a crash course in STEM, they were then given several tasks and activities to complete. All of the activities led to the main task  of designing and building a craft that would not only float, but also carry as much cargo as       possible. There were limited materials to work with as they built their vessel no bigger than 12cm x 10cm. Once it was built they first tested it on water to see if it floated. That was the easy part. The cargo was a bag of marbles, which they loaded one by one onto their boats, to see how much it would carry before it eventually sunk.

The event was a total success with all the students enjoying the experience. The feedback from the students indicates it was not just lots of fun but educational too. Their comments range from “an outstanding experience” to “enjoyable and              informative “ with two students now considering a career as a Marine Engineer.

We are now looking forward to the next workshop in May where the rest of Year 8 will get the opportunity to enjoy the same    experience.