Teachers and Students in Composite Technology Training

11 November 2006

A composite technology training project has already attracted over two thirds of the eligible schools on the Isle of Wight, with 380 students aged 13 and 14 taking part.

The project, initiated by The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers Charity Fund is supported by over 16 top organisations including 3 Rotary Clubs on the Island. The project aims to encourage students to become aware of a range of issues including glass in today’s society, glass fibre as an introduction to composite materials, basic boat dynamics and opportunities in the boat building & composite industries.

The project is intended to give free rein to young and creative minds by asking them to design the interior, deck and superstructure onto a given catamaran hull. The children are laying up a small glass fibre model hull and then they will design and build their concepts onto the hull. This hull is loosely based on a boat built on the Island by Cheetah Marine in Ventnor.

Students visits have been made to VT Halmatic in Portsmouth and will be made to other composite manufacturers on the Island.

This project is quite unique, not only by attracting almost 400 participants, but also because they are teaching the teachers who have undertaken hands-on training in laying-up a glass fibre hull. This will enhance the knowledge and skills of the Design & Technology teachers and benefit their schools.

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