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Young Engineers Make Music

28th July, 2010
Working with Plymouth Music Zone, students are creating musical instruments for use by disabled young people in the latest Enginuity Challenge as part of Plymouth Enterprise Week.

Young engineers make music

Aspiring engineers will take part in the latest Schools Enginuity Challenge to be held at City College, Plymouth on Tuesday 17th November as part of Plymouth Enterprise Week.

Four schools from Plymouth, Kingsbridge and Saltash will be competing to design and create electronic musical instruments that can be used by people with disabilities.

The Plymouth Schools Enginuity events are organised annually by Paul Hartley and his team at the Devon Education Business Partnership.

Dr Graham Stirling, Chair of Plymouth Employment and Skills Board who are supporting the event said: “ Schools Enginuity Challenges run annually as part of National Enterprise Week. They are designed to introduce young people to the diversity and excitement that a career in engineering can offer.”

The challenge, which has been created with help from Plymouth Music Zone (PMZ), was the brainchild of Science and Engineering Ambassador, Andy Millar who wanted to give the students a project with a real purpose behind it. 

Ambassadors are people already in the industry with a real passion for engineering who want to encourage young people to take up careers in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics through working with schools and colleges.

Andy said: “This challenge is a real departure for us, and we know that the students will respond enthusiastically, particularly when their hard work will be of use to other young people.”

The students will begin with a talk and demonstration from PMZ’s Karl Meyer and Simon Hackworthy, while Simon, Andy and other Ambassadors will be on hand throughout the day to help students with the technical aspects of the challenge.

Karl, Music Programme Manager at PMZ said: “Cutting edge music technology has really helped to make Plymouth Music Zone a centre of excellence for disabled music making. We get to see everyday how the power of technology can bring music to disabled children to really enrich their lives. It’s exciting to get the chance to test drive new inventions and to show young people how music and the world of engineering can join forces to open up new worlds for disabled musicians.”

The winning team will receive individual trophies as well as a trophy for their school, and their instruments will be tried out by a group of disabled musicians at PMZ.

The challenge is supported by Plymouth Employment and Skills Board, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Devon, Cornwall and Tamar Business Partnerships, the Plymouth Engineering Skills Council, Plymouth Music Zone and City College Plymouth.

Participating schools include Saltash.net Community School, Stoke Damerel Community College, Devonport High School for Boys and Kingsbridge Community College.   

Plymouth Enginuity was set up by to promote engineering in Plymouth and is made up of employers, the University of Plymouth, City College, training providers and schools across the city.