Nostalgia: How technology transformed Barrow’s Parkview School in 1995
One of Britain’s biggest engineering clubs was online at Parkview School in Barrow in 1995.
The 150 students of 11th grade had joined the Young Engineers Club.
The school was already part of the Cumbria Young Engineers initiative.
Students were working on a series of engineering projects as part of their GCSE’s design and technology using advanced equipment such as computer-aided design, a computerized lathe, and a computer-controlled sewing machine.
Nationally, there were 10,000 members of the Young Engineers Movement, which aimed to excite and motivate its members in their understanding of science and technology.
The club would link them to a national network offering support, professional advice and resources.
Chief Technology Officer Alan Calvert said, âThe Young Engineers Club helps them better understand and appreciate their schoolwork.
“The projects they are doing for the club will be of great help to them in their GCSE design and technology course.”
In 1995 there were five more Young Engineers’ Clubs in Cumbria and the local SATRO (Regional Organization for Science and Technology) planned to launch 14 more that year.
All clubs in Cumbria were sponsored by Nirex.
Later that year, Parkview principal Rod Wilson highlighted the importance of technology in a speech at the school’s awards night. He welcomed special guest Brian George, Managing Director of GEC Marine, who visited the school’s science and technology facilities, which recently underwent a major refurbishment.
Mr. Wilson said, âBoth in the city and elsewhere, our future must lie in the continued development and exploitation of technology. Our students only have one chance at school and while they are here they deserve the best. âOur improved facilities will help us prepare our students for the challenge of an increasingly technological world. ”
Additional investments were needed.