Discovering science at Cranfield

Back in April, OC Philippe Bridgeman (Gate, 1995), returned to Iwerne to take part in Back to the Future Day and talk about careers in Science and Engineering.

During the event, he offered Lower Sixth students the chance to visit him at Cranfield University (where he is a PhD student researcher) and see for themselves the cutting edge work undertaken there and, with help from the various university departments and the events team, he made it happen and three Clayesmore students paid a visit in July.

They saw the MET (Mechanical Engineering Technology) laboratory, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC), Process Systems Engineering Lab, aircraft engine display, Welding Engineering Research Centre, Safety Accident Investigation lab, had a tour of AIRC (Aerospace Integration Research Centre) and facilities including the robot lab, OpEx virtual reality team and the Intelligent Mobility Engineering Centre (IMEC) autonomous vehicles.

“The students saw a lot, but definitely not all, of the amazing things that we are working on and the fantastic resources that we are very lucky to have. They seemed to enjoy their day, and hopefully we have inspired them,” said Philippe.

We’re sure they did but as they’re all on school holidays at the moment, we can’t tap them for a quote!

A big thank you to Phil; a wonderful example of an OC passing on his passion, education and experience to the next generation of Clayesmorians.

The pupils who went were William and Rory, both Gate, and Tom, Manor, all Lower Sixth.