Posted: 2 October, 2019

Arkwright Scholar on designing the future

Achievements, Careers, Design, General, News, Senior School, Sixth Form

Pooja C in Year 12 has just joined our Sixth Form from Sutton High School GDST and is currently studying for A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science. Pooja was recently awarded an Arkwright Scholarship. Here she tells us a little more about the process…

“I was told about the Arwkright Scholarship at my old school and immediately started to research all the opportunities in Engineering.

“You submit an application and an original project. Mine was my GCSE DT coursework – a balance ball  style exercise machine incorporating a maze with a ball bearing that has to be guided from one end of the maze to another. It was made from wood, acrylic and aluminium.

“I also entered the project for The Big Bang Fair and won an innovation prize for my region – the finals are in March 2020.

“I sat the Arkwright exam, a series of largely engineering questions and then there was an interview stage which took place at the University Greenwich.

“I was very happy when I was told that I’d received a scholarship. You are awarded £600 to spend on engineering projects over your two year A Level course. You can use it for anything related to your studies: courses, materials or lectures. I have a few ideas already, I’d like to make a robotic arm to improve my programming skills and I may do some more summer courses, which I have enjoyed in the past.”

As for the future, it’s early to say. Pooja is currently being sponsored by Weir Group and has been assigned a mentor. She is particularly interested in pursuing software engineering, computer engineering or computer science.

We wish her every success!

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