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Students developing an eye for engineering

18 May 09


The School of Engineering, Design and Technology (EDT), at the University of Bradford has been working in conjunction with the British Council and the Ministry of Education & Culture organising a programme of visits to schools in Cyprus.

Lecturer Jack Bradley and External Relations & Marketing Officer, Joanne Crowther, both from EDT, worked with nine schools, in Nicosia, Paphos and Limassol on a design and build project.  The task entailed students working in teams to build the famous London Eye out of paper. In total three models of the London Eye were built.  Three teams from separate schools contributed to the build each day.  Each team created individual sections of the wheel which were then joined together in order to assemble the finished wheel onto the purpose-built stand.

The Ministry of Education & Culture received a very positive response from schools across Cyprus when it issued an announcement to participate in the project. The assignment, which is the first its kind, gave the students in Cyprus a hands-on taste of engineering and team building. 

Joanne Crowther said: "We were very impressed with the way the students worked together in teams to build models of the London Eye. The project was an opportunity for EDT to build upon its international relations and to raise the profile of engineering in schools abroad. We hope to continue the successes of the project and follow up visits are now being discussed."

18 May 09

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