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Building water supplies with Thames Water

Year 12 students got to experience what it would be like to plan and deliver water to a town in a challenge set by associate partner Thames Water.

Year 12 students got to experience what it would be like to plan and deliver water to a town in a challenge set by associate partner Thames Water.

Teams have to plan and budget how they would install water and sewage systems to their town. They were then given the parts that had been budgeted for and could build their network.

To keep the teams on their toes, Thames Water threw in a complaint or issue which had to be dealt with. This included a burst water pipe and contaminated land.

Points were awarded for correct calculations, submitting documents on time, matching their network to the planned route, responses to interventions and demonstrating team work, communication and problem solving.

The challenge gave students the chance to work together on a real-life project – to plan and build a water network – and to develop their key skills of teamwork, communication and problem-solving. 

Jamie Powis who is specialising in engineering and was a member of the self-titled ‘Squirtle’ team said: “This is a really fun project, there was quite a lot of pressure but it was a good challenge”

Student Oliver Debray also commented: “We had an issue in that we ordered the wrong bridges, there were no financial implications luckily but all our paperwork had to be amended.”

 

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