Science club’s watch project

Hexagon Metrology at Walton High School, Milton Keynes. PNL-151108-150104001
Hexagon Metrology at Walton High School, Milton Keynes. PNL-151108-150104001
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A group of budding young scientists made the most of a timely reminder to consider pursuing a career in engineering during their latest educational extracurricular.

Year 7 youngsters from Walton High School turned their hand to building watches as part of the Watch it Made outreach project.

This Cranfield University initiative - which is supported by Hexagon Metrology UK - is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It aims to help young people experience the ‘pride of producing’ and encourage them to consider the profession when they choose their exam subjects.

After the watchmaking event, staff from Hexagon Metrology UK hosted an afternoon activity session at its precision centre in Milton Keynes. Here, the students – who are all members of the school’s science club - were given a tour and shown a variety of measurement devices.

Hexagon Metrology’s technical manager John Human said: “The idea for the day was to get these young people thinking about engineering as a career, making them aware that the profession offers a range of exciting and inventive jobs.”