Students’ giant fun project

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STUDENTS from a Wisbech college have completed a ‘giant’ project for pupils at another of the town’s schools.

Engineering students from the Isle Campus of the College of West Anglia have built a seven-feet tall ‘Iron Giant’out of scrap metal using a design by pupils from Meadowgate School’s Kestrel One class.

The project was inspired by The Iron Giant, a cartoon film character based on the children’s book The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.

The giant features dustbins for a body, while the head includes a bicycle wheel, springs and clutches.

Meadowgate teacher Loreena Gomm explained: “My class has been reading the story of the Iron Giant in a literacy session. To start with, they each made their own individual figure to take home.”

Cowa’s programme manager (engineering) Tony Williams said: “It was Meadowgate’s idea and they asked us to help.

“Their initial plan was to create individual figures. I showed the teacher how to make a figure and welded it up.”

The project grew into making of an additional full-size iron figure out of whatever scrap metal and waste material could be found.

Meadowgate pupils drew up plans and notes for second year Practical Learning Opportunities college students – who are also students from Wisbech’s Thomas Clarkson School – to weld and build under the supervision of Isle engineering tutor Mick Caveney. The students are on a Level 2 performing engineering operations course.

The finished article has now been installed on the Meadowgate campus. Miss Gomm added: “It’s been really good and exciting. We have ordered the DVD of The Iron Giant and we will invite the college students to watch it with us.”