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Students team up for Thames Tunnel challenge

On Friday 22 April, a group of Year 10 and 11 UTC Reading students visited Thames Water to take part in a unique activity delivered by a STEM ambassador from the Thames Tideway Tunnel project team.

Working in small teams of three to four, students were tasked with designing, costing and building a section of reinforced tunnel using card, wire, straws, copier paper and tape.

The purpose of the activity was to help students learn about the Thames Tideway Tunnel and how people from a range of STEM careers are all playing vital roles in designing, planning for and building the tunnel.

Paul Hampton, Education Manager at Thames Water, commented: "We were delighted to host Reading UTC at our education centre in Slough. It’s important for companies like ourselves to engage with the next generation of engineers to ensure we have a workforce for the future. We were really impressed with how the students approached the day and tackled our engineering challenge."

UTC Reading STEM Co-ordinator Lewis Hutchinson said: “The day was a valuable opportunity to see how Thames Water go about their business and it gave our students a good insight into real-world engineering. They were able to see for themselves how modern engineers must factor in the demands of the present as well as planning to meet future needs when producing technical solutions.”

Take a look at our Photo Gallery for further images from the trip. 

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