InterGen News

April 2017

InterGen Spalding Supports STEM Competition for Local High Schools

NORFOLK, UK – Some 64 percent of engineering employers say a shortage of engineers in the UK is a threat to their business. InterGen and Rotary Great Britain and Ireland are working to change that.

Rotary runs national competitions each year for young people to develop their skills. One of those competitions invites teams of students interested in engineering and science to devise and build a solution to an unseen technical task. Solutions are tested and judged against competing teams.

This year during the technology competition sponsored by Rotary Club of Downham Market, three schools competed to build an electric car with pulleys. InterGen Engineer Joe Whitmore served as a judge during the competition where more than 70 students designed and built the cars that were able to move up a track to collect and push debris. InterGen’s Spalding Energy plant regularly supports the town of Spalding and surrounding communities, including Norfolk.

Participants in the winning team of each level (foundation and intermediate) each received a medal. The overall winning team of the day received an engraved trophy cup which is returned each year.

Rotary Club of Downham Market has organized the event for the past seven years. “It is key to engage students at this level to inform them of the world of benefits they could gain in a career of engineering,” said Whitmore. “At this stage, they are almost moving on into further education, so it was great to be able to network with them and offer advice on career paths and areas of study to satisfy their hunger for a career in this type of industry.”

For more information about the Rotary competitions, visit