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Project Based Learning (PBL) - Engineering

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The Science, Engineering & Construction Department have been running a “Project Based Learning” activity this year for its full-time level 2 and level 3 Engineering students.

The idea behind PBL is that students work on a project over an extended period of time that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills by developing a product and presenting it to a real audience. As a result, students develop deep engineering knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills in the context of doing an authentic, meaningful project.

This year’s project was to “Design a device that can be attached to a set of ladders in order to assist someone carrying out a job of work using the ladders” and was ran as a competition with the prizes being sponsored by Weldpro Ltd.

The students were divided into groups of three students per group to work on the project and given access to the machining workshop; welding workshop; foundry; and CAD suite (with assistance from lecturers) to complete the project.

The winning group was Anderson Macia Parra, Michael Akuleno, and Jordan Barnes (Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering) who designed and manufactured a pulley system for transporting tools/equipment up and down the ladders. Their prize was a WELFUTFF-X650-B Automatic Welding Helmet and welding electrodes.

The runners-up group was William Boland, Zac Patterson and Joshua McAteer (Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering) who designed and manufactured an adjustable foot to stabilise the ladders on uneven ground. Their prize was a WELFUTFF-X450-B Automatic Welding Helmet.

There were also prizes of a set of digital calipers given to students who the judges deemed to have showed particular aptitude during the completion of their project. Prize winners were: Christopher McNicholl, John Carlisle, Lorcan Rooney (all Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering) and Conor Hughes (NVQ Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations).

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