STUDENTS will find themselves at the eye of a storm when they are faced with a recreation of one of the most devastating hurricanes in history.
Youngsters from Redcar Community College are tackling a simulation of Hurricane Mitch – which battered Central America in 1998 – as part of an engineering event on Friday, July 1.The all-day task will see the year nine students work with construction firm Kier North East to become rapid response engineers addressing the myriad challenges posed by natural disasters, from sanitation and water to transport infrastructure.
The event has been designed to raise the profile of civil engineering as a career option, with students set to learn new skills by building their own shelters.
Kier is presently working on the nearby £4.75m project to build a new Dormanstown Primary School.
The company’s Corporate Responsibility Manager, Terry Hanlon, said: “Kier North East is delighted to be involved in helping young people find out more about the relationship between education and employment and how civil engineering impacts on our daily lives.
“As the contractors appointed by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council to build the new Dormanstown Primary School, this has given has given us the opportunity to work with students from various schools in Redcar and we hope we can continue to support education in the area by using construction as a context for learning.”
Redcar Community College headteacher Stuart Rees said: “The chance to work alongside engineers from Kier presents a unique opportunity for our students to gain an insight into the challenge, excitement, responsibility and sheer variety of experience a career in engineering brings. Although our young people learn about the impact of hurricanes and other natural disasters in the Geography lessons, the activities planned with Kier will really bring those classroom lessons to life.”
Councillor Joan Guy, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Education said: “It is fantastic that our contractors are lending their expertise to help promote possible career choices for local students and hope that other firms will give their time in this way in the future.”
Principal: Mrs Angela Sweeten
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