Bedford-based drone company, Blue Bear, may have unearthed some potential future engineers after a visit from Sharnbrook Upper School and Community College.
The business, known in the aviation industry for being pioneers of autonomy and unmanned drones,
invited 20 keen GCSE engineering and product design students to the business for the day to find
out if the pupils had what it takes to work in the industry.
Student Eliza, aged 15, said: “I really enjoyed watching the drones fly and studying product design. The whole
day has been really inspiring; it’ll give me a lot of ideas for my coursework!”
With thousands of real flight miles between them, a select few Blue Bear employees took turns to
explain their unique engineering and design roles to the students who also had the opportunity to
control the company’s target-tracking drone, Blackstart, and create their own flying machines with
just a sheet of A4 paper and Blu-Tack.
“This group could the next generation of future engineers and product designers. Our industry
moves at an incredible pace, which means that introducing youngsters to the industry and engaging
with them on a level which will help them decide whether the role is right for them is crucial at this
age”, explained chief executive Dr Yoge Patel.
“Engineering is a predominantly male-based sector, so it is pleasing to see a number of females at
Sharnbrook that are interested in both engineering and product design.”
The company already offers students studying at a higher education level the chance to do an
internship, with a number of interns passing through the ranks already. After completing his
placement, Robin was offered the role as a Control Engineer:
He said: “After my six months graduation internship, Blue Bear kept me on as a permanent employee. As a
Control Engineer, I now focus on the area I like most; programming drones to make them make
them able to control themselves.”
If you are student in secondary or higher education and are interested in a career in engineering or
product design, visit www.bbsr.co.uk/careers.