The Engineering Department at Lewis School Pengam offers learners some of the most up to date equipment and facilities available to meet the needs of the current and emerging curriculum. We build and prepare learners for the ever changing world of Technology. We currently have two dedicated Engineering workshops, one Resistant Materials workshop, a large Food room, Textiles and Graphics room and a Computer Numerically Controlled Machine and 3D printing room. All this is supported with a dedicate IT Facility housing 25 PC’s running the latest Computer Aided Design software with interactive projector facilities in all rooms.
We currently offer the following GCSE courses:
Engineering GCSE Double Award,
GCSE Food and Nutrition,
GCSE Engineering Design,
At KS5 we currently offer a Vocational Engineering BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma. A number of students will also have the opportunity to work in partnership with a local company as part of the Engineering Education Scheme in Wales.
Here at Lewis we pride ourselves on the relationships we build with our students. Students enjoy the subject and choose to study engineering and food and nutrition for a further 3-5 years at KS4 & 5. In year 7 the department has built close links with the Science department and now runs a new style curriculum to deliver Science, Technology, Engineering and Design for 10 hours a fortnight. At year 8 pupils currently have 3 hours of Design & Technology over a fortnight. We currently operate a carousel system which allows the students to study all aspects of D&T including graphics food and nutrition engineering and control systems. Within these areas the students will be taught a range of skills such as CAD/CAM, electronics and machining and manufacture. The students will also have the opportunity to use computer design software, AutoDesk Inventor, Fusion and 2D Design to enhance their graphic and communication skills. They also use custom software like RDWorks and Quick CAM 2D and 4D to run the departments laser cutters and Denford CNC routers.
With support and guidance from the Create Education project and with funding from our PFI providers, MITIE, the department is proud to take ownership of 5 of the latest Ultimaker 3D printers. We are now able to offer these facilities to our primary feeder schools. These top of the range facilities will see the department able to cater for the next generation of Engineers and Designers. 3D printing will be a massive engagement tool for students and staff. The department has big plans to enter a range of competitions over the next three years on top of the we work we currently do with STEM Cymru, F1 in Schools and the Engineering Education Scheme.