More than 50 Engineering students from Bridgwater College embarked on a residential trip to Barcelona, Spain, recently to get a taste of the Spanish engineering industry.
Stop number one of the action-packed trip was a visit to the Formula One circuit at Catalunya. The group were given the opportunity to tour the backstage areas of the track, including standing on the podium, seeing inside some of the garages and visiting the pit lane, where the full enormity of the facility was realised.
Another highlight of the trip was a visit to Barcelona University’s Supercomputing Centre. The group were able to witness one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, the MareNostrum, which was instrumental in the development of modern microchip technology and sits inside the Torre Girona, a disused chapel, within the grounds of the university.
The final day gave the students an opportunity to tour Nou Camp Stadium, where the students were free to walk the route around the stadium, witness the structural engineering of the venue and spend some time in the club shop.
Student Tom Harkness, who is studying the Level 3 Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the College said,
“The residential trip to Barcelona was amazing, I had a great time. The highlight for me was the trip to the supercomputing centre. This is something I could see myself doing in the future.”
Mike Vittery, Course Leader for Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bridgwater College added,
“We put the residential trips on for the students to give them a glimpse in to the world of engineering. It was a fantastic trip and will not only give the students some good memories and experiences, but will also help to guide them in their future careers.”