Scarborough plays host to hundreds of budding designers and engineers
PUBLISHED: 18 Oct 11
Scarborough Engineering Week: Gabriel Uttley from 'Angelic Bulldog' explains the streamliner motorcycle that's being built to try and break the world motorcycle land speed record to visitors from Scalby Secondary School in Scarborough.
Almost a thousand young Yorkshire students attended Scarborough Engineering Week 2011 (October 10-12, Scarborough Spa), the event aimed at teenagers considering careers in engineering. Sponsored by leading Scarborough engineering businesses, and with dozens of fascinating exhibits, the event proved to be a fun engineering discovery day.
"Scarborough is proud of its reputation for precision engineering, and this area offers plenty of opportunity for apprentices and graduates," says Alan Pickering of Unison, one of the event organisers. "Scarborough companies are proving that it is perfectly possible for a mature economy like the UK to lead the world in industrial design and manufacturing, and we're delighted to invest in our common future - to try and catalyse a manufacturing renaissance in the region."
Automobile construction features heavily in Scarborough's industrial make up, and there were many automobile products among the exhibits, ranging from a wooden 1920s coach that has just been rebuilt by apprentices from Bluebird Vehicles, to a Formula 1 racing car, speedy JCB Fastrac off-road vehicles, and the 'Angelic Bulldog' streamliner motorcycle that's currently being built to try and break the world motorcycle land speed record. Other prestigious engineering exhibits included robotic arms, mechanical design software, laser systems for scanning and marking, power generators, and a simulator for a subsea remotely operated vehicle. Advisors from local engineering companies, and the locally based education business partnership NYBEP were also on hand to talk to students.
The event - which has now run for three years - was organised by the metalworking machine maker Unison, with the help of automobile manufacturers Plaxton and Bluebird Vehicles, and the Yorkshire Coast College. The exhibition was sponsored by York Potash - the Sirius Minerals project currently investigating the feasibility of potash mine in the Whitby and Scarborough area.
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