Engineering students Mackay, Yasmin, Alex and Femi give HRH Prince Philip a demonstration at the Royal Academy of Engineering HQ in October.
Engineering students from Lambeth College were given the opportunity of meeting and talking to one of our most senior Royal figures this month when they attended the Royal Academy of Engineering’s newly modernised headquarters in central London.
Lambeth College was the only further education establishment in the UK invited to the event commemorating the renaming of the HQ building to honour its Royal patron.
Engineering programme coordinator, Neil Dickson, took along nine of his best students to the event to compete in three very tough challenges. They had to design and test a specially adapted wheelchair to be used by athletes in the next Paralympic games, build a robot from a kit supplied by robotic design system manufacturers Vex and to use a super capacitor charged by a solar panel to drive a model vehicle.
Engineering students Josef, Ali and Victoria give a demonstration in robot building to HRH Prince Philip and his guests at the event in central London.
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, attended the event accompanied by a number of top names and dignitaries from various engineering sectors within the UK. The students performed tasks and demonstrated their working gadgets in front of the guests during the day. Two of the team, Yasmin Harris Boadi, 17, and Alex Scoltock, talked with the prince for over five minutes about their course, their expectations and ambitions within the world of engineering and about the skills and knowledge needed to enter such a competitive job market.
Lambeth College has enjoyed a long and successful working relationship with the RAoE and has recently had two of its students accepted as interns at their HQ to gain valuable work experience.
Neil Dickson said: “This was a great day out for us all. To visit this brilliant new facility and meet Prince Philip is an experience none of us will forget. It was also the perfect opportunity to showcase our very talented students, and the skills they are acquiring, in front of so many influential people from the industry.
Yasmin Harris Boadi would like to work as an electronic design engineer after completing her course and attending university. She said: “We worked very hard as a team to ensure we were prepared for the challenges set. Extensive research went into the successful completion of the projects and each member of the team was designated a specific task. We were determined that everything worked correctly in front of the Prince.”
Alex Scoltock will also be hoping to progress to university and then into a successful career in engineering or construction management. He said: “The Prince asked me what I would like to achieve and where I saw myself in ten years time. I told him that I would like to be working on a large construction project, perhaps something as big as the Shard.”