Glass in Society Update
The Glass in Society Projects across the country, supported by the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London Charity Fund, continue to go from strength to strength.
In Hampshire ….
At the end of the summer term Charity Truste, Andrew Brockett, visited the QinetiQ (Haslar) base in Gosport to watch students from Brune Park School race their two GRP Powerboats.
The main objective of the school’s GIS project was for students to design and build a model powerboat from GRP. The boats were tested (in the school swimming pool!) ready for racing with eleven teams from other local schools. 16 students participated in a skills workshop learning how to laminate GRP panels, the key health & safety aspects, moving on to laminating four hull shapes and corresponding deck panels.
After curing the hulls were taken to the school where students worked on refining their design ideas and modifying the hull shapes. Two boats, Rib-it and Bullet, were finally selected for fitting out and getting race ready. Students continued to modify and refine their designs in after school workshops demonstrating their commitment to the project by working in their own time.
The project gave the students a practical insight into the laminating process and allowed them to explore links with local industry where the technique is widely employed. Students visited the Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) headquarters in Portsmouth, the centre for the America’s Cup challenge. Here they explored alternative composite materials (carbon fibre) as well as state of the art technological innovations. A planned visit to the RNLI centre in Poole was deferred until the autumn term. The second objective to visit manufacturing facilities which extensively use the GRP process is partially complete with the additional visit to BAR.
Stephen G Shaw, the school’s Innovation & Development Manager said “the contribution to students’ learning and career information, including apprenticeship pathways, was excellent. Their awareness of the Glass industry likewise. Brune Park Community School very much looks forward to the possibility of working with the Glass Sellers in the future”.
In the West Midlands …
Eager faces greeted Charity Trustee, Leigh Baildham, when he visited Moat House Primary School in Coventry on 10 October 2016 to present a cheque and participate in the general morning assembly.
The GIS project involves installing three glass growing frames to allow the children to experience first-hand how plants grow and regularly record the progress. It is intended that children from six year groups will be split into three, to take personal responsibility for “their” plants and growing frame. A competition will be held, with the winning group being acknowledged later in 2017.
Glass in Society is by far the Charity’s biggest project and the excellent feedback we continue to receive is a testament to its enormous value to students in their education and development. More updates will follow in the coming months.