Published: 20 Feb 2010

A number of Year 10 design technology pupils at a local college have been putting their skills to the test, in a challenge which has helped towards their GCSE studies.

Pupils at Trinity Catholic College on Saltersgill Avenue in Middlesbrough have spent the last two months designing and developing a unique gear box cover for a Motability customer of motor dealer, Jennings SEAT.

The customer, who was purchasing a seven-seater SEAT Alhambra model through the Motability programme, needed the vehicle adapting to cater for her autistic daughter.

Unable to find a manufacturer who could accommodate the request, staff at the Jennings SEAT dealership decided to contact Trinity Catholic College to see if the school’s Technology Department could assist in any way.

Product design teacher, Mrs Denise Powner, was delighted to set the challenge

to the pupils.

As a result of the project being in addition to scheduled activity on the national curriculum, a team of volunteers consisting of a mixture of engineering, graphic and product design pupils devoted their spare time to designing and producing the gear box cover.

The final design included an overall combination of everyone’s input and creative ideas.

The next step was to assemble a prototype model in order to test the design concept prior to the final product being made.

Jennings SEAT arranged for an Alhambra model to be on site at the school for a week, which gave pupils the opportunity to measure the interior of the vehicle.

Mrs Powner said; “I am extremely proud of the pupils who have all worked extremely hard. The project has been an excellent opportunity for them to develop a real life product from start to finish, which is excellent experience and will not only contribute towards their current studies, but also look extremely impressive on a cv.”

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings SEAT, call in to the Cargo Fleet Lane or contact 01642 204040.

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