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EKC Canterbury College hosts Amey Cup

15 February 2024
EKC Canterbury College held this year's Amey Challenge Cup, a project which inspires female secondary school students to investigate Engineering.

EKC Canterbury College held this year’s Amey Challenge Cup , a project which inspires female secondary school students to investigate future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

The Amey Challenge Cup takes place around the UK, with EKC Canterbury College chosen as the venue for the Kent challenge. The Cup challenges competitors to work together to design, construct and pitch a new bridge based on a client brief.

Louise Sutcliffe, Industry Liaison Officer for Automotive and Engineering at EKC Canterbury College, was instrumental in bringing the Amey Cup to our College as part of our links with key industry.
Speaking about the contest, Louise said: “Amey have been providing great work placement opportunities for students and, thanks to the strength of our students’ work, they approached us to host the Amey Cup. This is something we’ve wanted to host for a while, and it’s been great to see so many students inspired by STEM fields.”

Students from The Royal Harbour Academy in Ramsgate, Herne Bay High School in Herne Bay and Spires Academy in Canterbury took part, supported by EKC Canterbury College staff and our Engineering students.

The judges panel comprised of EKC Canterbury College staff including Louise, Dr Adrian Onyeka, Programme Director for Engineering and Carl Hudson, Head of Engineering, Manufacturing and Automotive.

Joining Adrian and Carl were Tony Howe, Senior Highways Manager, Kent County Council, and Rob Yates, Mayor of Margate. Judging criteria included project design, construction of the model, use of essential teamwork and their ability to adapt to a last-minute change.

The Royal Harbour Academy in Ramsgate clinched victory in the Amey Challenge Cup, earning praise for their communication skills, teamwork, and problem-solving techniques.

Social Value Manager for Amey, Melanie Rogers, was pleased to see skills grow throughout the day and how the College inspires students.

Melanie said: “This is our second year in Kent for the Amey Cup, and it’s gone well. We’ve even had two students who attended last year come back to take part. It’s been lovely to have this partnership with our local Colleges and we hope to inspire even more women in STEM with EKC Canterbury College in the future.”

EKC Canterbury College looks forward to continuing this partnership with Amey and inspiring future students into careers in STEM.

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