Engineering expedition

A group of eighteen enthusiastic Lower Sixth engineers headed down to Portsmouth over the Easter break in order to visit two famous engineering companies. 

The first port of call was the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing hub. There they learnt about the engineering of the British boat for the America’s Cup (which must be noted actually originated in England) and the types of materials used to create a light and strong vessel, along with the technologies used on board. The students were all particularly interested in testing whether they had the strength to be a ‘grinder’ aboard the boat and many tried to sail using a VR headset. 

The group then enjoyed a well-deserved lunch, watching the ferries come and go from the harbour, before heading to Airbus Defence and Space division. Here they listened to a presentation about the Airbus work before touring their plant to see satellites being designed and assembled. 

All in all the trip was very exciting and the sunshine even made an appearance!