Alstom and young engineers of the future 'Train to Win'
Alstom helped more than 300 children, from 30 schools, to participate in a TeenTech event specifically designed to encourage young people into careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) at a special event at the University of Manchester on 23 October.
The Alstom team gave youngsters the chance to play an interactive train game, called 'Train 2 Win', that was designed and built by Alstom's STEM ambassadors and the workshop team at the Longsight Traincare Centre in Manchester.
Teams of 10 children aged between 12-14 assumed the roles of engineers, signallers and controllers and were tasked to think about the maintenance challenges associated with moving a model of an Alstom Pendolino around a track. This included the more challenging task of taking the model up a hill by considering different types of wheelsets. Stretford Grammar School, who were the most successful team on the day, won a tour of the Longsight depot after overcoming the various challenges.
Umar Saleem, Alstom STEM ambassador and Project Quality Engineer at Longsight, said: "I think we had as much fun as the children, if not more! The children provided us with feedback on how fun the sessions were. Thirty-six out of forty-eight of our young visitors gave us five out of five, which was great feedback for us."
Maggie Philbin, BBC broadcaster and CEO of TeenTech said: "I've seen the video of the work done by Alstom and I'm really impressed with what they do. I am so jealous of these children who will get to see it first hand, I really wish I could have gone too."