Students who study on our Engineering (Extended) BTEC Level 3 course are required to pitch their design ideas to a panel of ‘Dragons’ made up of external Engineering professionals and senior managers. This is a great opportunity to showcase their outstanding skills. Each student is set the same project to develop and produce three concept ideas as part of an internal assessment. Part of the objective is to produce a 5 minute presentation to the panel of ‘Dragons’ who decide on the best concept to take forward.
This is a great experience, receiving constructive feedback on feasibility, originality and match to design brief enriches the learner understanding. Ideas were as varied as ‘Traffic control LED gloves’, ‘Hydraulically operated robot arms’, ‘Health and Safety board games’ and ‘Treadmill operated generators’.
Ryan Brinkley, Engineering student said ‘We are really thankful that we were given the opportunity to present our ideas to such important people from various industries; it allowed us to have the opportunity to get a feel of how a presentation should be conducted when we enter the world of work.’
Jim Rudd, MLM Director of Engineering added ‘The variety of project ideas was extremely comprehensive, and the background research clearly showed focussed direction. In addition, the integration of sustainability, simplification of existing ideas and thinking outside the box will all come to fruition in the students’ final presentations.’