The Automotive Engineering department at Coleg Menai, Llangefni has taken full advantage of technology to deliver a variety of practical sessions and lessons to its students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Using Google meeting software and professional videography equipment, learners have been able to continue with their workshop and practical education online.  Last week, Level 1 City and Guilds Automotive students watched a rally prepared Ford KA on the rolling road.

Students joined the virtual session where the vehicle was put through its paces, cameras were placed at strategic positions around the vehicle and students were able to select multiple camera angles to watch the live lesson. The session was streamed live to maintain learner engagement and interest, giving them the opportunity to see the car in action, and ask any questions.

The topic of the lesson was POWER and TORQUE, demonstrated in a way where learners could see and hear the performance of a rally prepared vehicle under strict legal and HandS conditions. 

A discussion was held, prior to the vehicle starting on the rolling road, to explain the process that had taken place to make the car safe and secure.  Once the car was started, testing commenced and data was gathered from the Engine Control Module (ECM).  Actual running data was collected and analysed over video at the end of the presentation.

This lesson was one of 6 live sessions carried out and feedback from learners has been extremely positive.   The learners continue to be engaged, motivated to learn and are keen to return to college as soon as it is safe to do so.

Damian Woodford, Programme Manager for Engineering at Coleg Menai, said, "We are very pleased to be able to continue to deliver engaging, motivating and interesting lessons to our learners.  The students are able to engage with the tutors whilst also still being able to see the equipment and tools used by automotive mechanics.  Although the students are at home they continue to feel part of the college and workshop activities that they enjoy."