Published: 13 January 2015

Studying to be an engineer


Joseph (12) is a student at St Thomas Moore Language College in London. During November the College Science Club ran a series of activities on the subject of structural engineering. Here Joseph explains why he enjoyed the club and why he would like to be an engineer.
My favourite subjects are science, maths and geography. I take part in Science Club because I like learning about science we don’t get to do in lessons. I like carrying out experiments and working on projects with other students who share the same interests as me. I also enjoy finding out more about science. 
I enjoyed learning with real engineers. It was interesting to learn about what they do and find out more about how science links with engineering. They were good teachers because I understood what they were saying, they planned good activities and I was able to ask them any questions I had. I did learn a lot from them, like the importance of tension and compression when building a bridge and the different designs bridges can have. 
I enjoyed the bridge building competition because I had the freedom to design the bridge I wanted to and then built it with others in my group. I liked that it was a competition too. I came joint first.
I would like to be an engineer because I like linking science with maths, especially physics and forces. I like that you use your knowledge to build real structures all over the world.  I think if I could work on anything it would be building bridges. 
Engineering is important, because without it we wouldn’t be able to do a lot of things we take for granted. Engineers use science and maths to create structures and devices we need, not just bridges but also in transport, technology and even in medicine. 

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