Category Archives: Zone Reports

Space Zone Report March 2021

The Space Zone ran from 1 to 19 March 2021 and was funded by the UK Space Agency.

The Zone 8 featured engineers working across the UK space sector.

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Engineers

8 engineers took part. They included:

  • Naziyah Mahmood — Earth Information Sales Engineer at Spire Global
  • Adriana D’Souza — Configuration Management Process Architect for Systems at Airbus
  • Namrah Habib — PhD student in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics at the University of Oxford

The winner of the Zone was Hester Baird – Orbital Analyst at Northern Space and Security. Hester won £500 to deliver further engagement activities.

Students

459 students from 12 schools across the UK logged into the Zone.

71% of active students were from target schools: 47% from widening participation schools and 27% from underserved schools.

Live chats

25 live chats took place during the activity: 22 were school classes booked by teachers and 3 were additional chats, open to all the students.

On average, 2 engineers attended each live chat.

Posted on April 28, 2021 modjamie in 2021, News, UKSA, Zone Reports | Comments Off on Space Zone Report March 2021

Metre Zone Report March 2021

The Metre Zone ran from 1 to 26 March 2021 and was supported by the Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation (DETI) programme at the University of the West of England.

The Zone featured 24 engineers working across a broad range of fields. At least 6 of the engineers were based in the west of England.

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Engineers

24 engineers created profiles. They included:

  • Magdalena Grzybek, Future Technologies Engineer at GKN Aerospace
  • Daniel Hardy, Solar PV Design Engineer for Ameresco
  • Anna Garcia-Teruel, Research Associate in Offshore Renewable Energy at the University of Edinburgh

The winner of the Zone was Michael Jones, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. Michael won £500 to deliver further engagement activities.

Students

804 students from 24 schools across the UK logged into the Zone.

80% of active students were from target schools: 70% from widening participation schools and 25% from underserved schools.

Live chats

52 live chats took place during the activity: 46 were school classes booked by teachers and 6 were additional chats, open to all the students.

On average, 3 engineers attended each live chat.

Posted on April 27, 2021 modjamie in 2021, DETI, Zone Reports | Comments Off on Metre Zone Report March 2021

Space Zone Report

Read the report: Space Zone Report – November 2020 [PDF]

The Space Zone ran from 2 to 27 November 2020 as part of I’m an Engineer.

The activity ran for longer than previous I’m an Engineer Zones (4 weeks instead of 2). It also featured more engineers (20 instead of 6). This was to offer greater flexibility to teachers in how, and when, they could take part. This was in response to the COVID-19 situation and greater restrictions and uncertainty in schools.

The Space Zone was funded by the UK Space Agency, and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

Engineers

  • 20 engineers created profiles in the Zone
  • 19 engaged with students through live Chats and/or Ask questions
  • Engineers from a broad range of fields and career stages took part. For example:
    • Abbie Hutty – works on the Exo-Mars Rosalind Franklin Rover for Airbus Defence and Space Ltd
    • Steve Williams – a Flight Software Engineer at Surrey Satellite Technologies
    • Harriet Gamble – a Space Systems Engineer at Airbus

Students

  • 486 students from 20 schools all over the UK logged into the Zone
  • Turnout was 60% of the 800 target
  • 63% of active students were from target schools (WP and/or U)
    • 45% were from widening participation (WP) schools
    • 26% were from underserved (U) schools

Live Chats and Questions

  • 38 live Chats took place took place during the activity
  • 56 live Chats were booked (93% of capacity), but dropout was higher than usual, with 14 cancellations and 4 ‘school no shows’
  • On average, 4 engineers attended each live Chat session
  • 5 teachers typed questions in a live Chat on behalf of their students, so the number of students engaged may be higher by up to 125
  • 82 student questions were approved – engineers responded with 182 answers
Posted on January 18, 2021 modtom in 2020, STFC, UKSA, Zone Reports | Comments Off on Space Zone Report

ExoMars Rover Zone Report – January to March 2020

Read the report: ExoMars Rover Zone Report – January to March 2020 [PDF]

The ExoMars Rover Zone was funded by the UK Space Agency, as part of the Space Exploration Education and Outreach Award Scheme. The activity allowed school students to connect with different teams who worked on the ExoMars mission, gaining insights into the engineering, science and technology needed to send a robot to another planet. 

The ExoMars Rover Zone was initially planned to run from January – July 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the school closures that ensued, the decision was made to close this zone early.

Posted on November 11, 2020 modalex in 2020, UKSA, Zone Reports | Comments Off on ExoMars Rover Zone Report – January to March 2020

Tomorrow’s Engineer Zone Report – Stay at home 2020

Read the report: Tomorrow’s Engineer Zone Report – Stay at home 2020 [PDF]

In April 2020, I’m an Engineer, Stay at home was launched to allow school students to stay connected with STEM during the school closures due to coronavirus. Students could log in and take part whether they were at school or at home, reconnecting with their teachers and each other.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers Zone, in I’m an Engineer, Stay at home, ran over 12 weeks as part of the Stay at home activities, instead of the usual two. There were 80 live chats, compared to the usual two week zone average of 16. This Zone was funded by Tomorrow’s Engineers  Engineering Careers Working Group with additional funding from UKRI.

  • 149 engineers created profiles in the Zone, and 146 engaged with students in live chats and answering questions. 125 of these were new to the I’m an Engineer activities.
  • Engineers from a broad range of areas and career stages took part. For example,  Amber Villegas-Williamson is a data centre engineering expert at The Uptime Institute, Fidel Olaye, tests and fixes electronics used in submarines, and Joe York-Fishers is a Graduate Trainee Engineer at Perkins Engines developing machines. On average, 7 engineers attended each live chat session.
  • 841 students from 40 schools all over the UK logged into the Zone. 26 of these schools had taken part in a previous I’m a Scientist activity.
  • 25% of active students were from Widening Participation schools, and 24% from Underserved Schools.
Posted on August 27, 2020 modem in 2020, EngineeringUK, UKRI, Zone Reports | Comments Off on Tomorrow’s Engineer Zone Report – Stay at home 2020

Detection Zone Report – November 2019

Read the report: Detection Zone Report – November 2019 [PDF]

The Detection Zone was a themed zone supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. It featured five engineers:

  • Will Smith works at Daresbury Laboratory collecting data from the particle accelerator.
  • Lulu Buford works for Wood plc, an engineering partner for STFC, designing gas pipelines for a laboratory that detects dangerous elements in samples.
  • Fahim Dhalla works at CERN as a cryogenics mechanical engineer, testing superconducting magnets.
  • Chris Parmenter, the winner of this zone, works at STFC RAL Space designing cameras and other equipment to use in space.
  • Candice Basson is a PhD student funded by STFC using the Large Hadron Collider to look for the building blocks of our universe.
Posted on January 15, 2020 in 2019, STFC, Zone Reports | Comments Off on Detection Zone Report – November 2019

Milliampere Zone Report – June 2019

Read the report: Milliampere Zone Report – June 2019 [PDF]

The Milliampere Zone was a general zone supported by the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and NCOP schools. The six featured engineers were all employed or funded by the STFC, or worked at an STFC partner company:

  • Ryan Smith, the winner of this Zone designs and builds cameras that go to space to look back at Earth
    or out to the stars.
  • Nadine Priestman processes hardware kits containing engine parts for aeroplane.
  • Matt Keith is trying to figure out how to recycle really big things like bikes, cars and aeroplanes.
  • Emma Hancock is an apprentice in the second year of a University degree, currently working on
    software for detector systems.
  • Daniel Wye is the Flight Controls Lead Engineer for the Lightning II F-35B fighter plane.
  • Allanah Green is an apprentice for BT developing services for customers worldwide.
Posted on July 15, 2019 Moderator - Josh in 2019, STFC, Zone Reports | Comments Off on Milliampere Zone Report – June 2019

Health Zone Report – June 2019

Read the report: Health Zone Report – June 2019 [PDF]

The Health Zone was a themed zone supported by Wellcome. It featured six engineers:

  • Tonia Tzemanaki designs wearable robotic devices for healthcare procedures.
  • Sam Gaughan uses computers models to learn about enzymes, so they can be used to make medicines.
  • Emily McNee designs and develops skin cancer treatment products.
  • Ejay Nsugbe, the winner of this Zone, works on prosthetics for disabled children.
  • Edgars Kelmers is working to improve implants in hips and knees and make them last longer.
  • Charnett Chau is working to ensure drug manufacturing and the use of plastic is environmentally friendly.
Posted on July 15, 2019 Moderator - Josh in 2019, WT, Zone Reports | Comments Off on Health Zone Report – June 2019

Energy Zone Report – March 2019

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The Energy Zone was a themed zone supported by the Science & Technology Facilities Council. There were six engineers in the zone:

  • Oliver Moore, who is on a graduate scheme at UKAEA//Culham Fusion Centre, in Oxfordshire.
  • Lesley Colquhoun, who provides equipment to manufacturers who lay subsea power/telecommunications cables at MAATS Tech Ltd who’ve worked with STFC.
  • Leah Morgan, the winner of the zone, who maintains the equipment used to power fusion reactors at UKAEA/Culham Fusion Centre.
  • Hannah Griffin, who builds software and computer systems for scientists at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
  • Graeme Burt, who is funded by STFC and works on particle accelerators as well as teaching at Lancaster University.
  • Aleks Sokol, a Distribution Planning Technician for UK Power Networks, who work with STFC.
Posted on April 15, 2019 in 2019, STFC, Zone Reports | Comments Off on Energy Zone Report – March 2019

Space Zone Report – March 2019

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The Space Zone was a themed zone supported by the UK Space Agency. There were six engineers:

  • Vinita Marwaha Madil, who plans operations at the European Space Agency (ESA) for future human spaceflight projects.
  • Rachel Hudson helps to build and test instruments for two ESA missions to Jupiter and the Sun.
  • Pam Anderson, an ambassador for the ESA, helps people understand how they might use space technology for the benefit of life on Earth.
  • Christopher Youens, a Spacecraft Operations Engineer takes care of four satellites that perform Earth Observation.
  • Brian Weaver, the winner of the zone, uses satellites that fly 20,000 km around the Earth to guide driverless tractors in farms, or ships in the ocean, all around the world.
  • Andrew Ratcliffe is the Head of Launch Systems at the UK Space Agency and leads the team investigating how to launch vehicles into space safely.
Posted on April 15, 2019 in 2019, UKSA, Zone Reports | Comments Off on Space Zone Report – March 2019