Meole Brace School and Salop Design
Shortly before Christmas 13 of our Year 10 students visited Salop Design & Engineering in Harlescott.
The purpose of the day was to give students the opportunity to see “Maths in Action”. Firstly the group was given a tour of the manufacturing lines to see how the pressings were made. Students were extremely interested and asked some very worthwhile questions.
They were then taken to an office where the students had to find a way to create the largest number of Pressing Blanks from a sheet of steel. After completing their designs they utilised Mathematics skills from the classrooms to calculate the cost of their pieces.
It was particularly interesting to see the students approach a problem to which no-one actually had the perfect solution. It was left to them to reduce waste and optimise profits as best as they could. An enjoyable and valuable day was had by all!
Meole Brace School would like to say a big “Thank you” to Salop Design for organising the event!
Below are some quotes from the students.
“It was really good to see where our Maths is actually used outside school” Ryan Middleton (15)
“I could make the pieces cheaper than my teacher so I could have saved Salop Design more money!” Marc Jones (15)
“It was great to work as a group solving real-life problems!” Martin Pengilley (14)
“Seeing how a real manufacturing company works was really interesting” Holly Furber (14)
“At one point I said ‘I can’t do it!’ Del said ‘You can’t say that to a customer!’ so I worked harder to solve the problem” Liam Edwards (14)
Dave Langley (Head of Maths)