Watch It Made was born at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activity that helps young people see precision engineering in a whole new way.
Currently, Watch It Made is based in a dedicated manufacturing studio on the Cranfield Campus. But the project is hitting the road with a little help from Vauxhall. All it took was the loan of a Vauxhall Movano van to transport their machinery and now young people up and down the country can enjoy the Watch It Made experience.
The scheme lets pupils design and assemble their own watch step-by-step. They select their own watch face, mount their case in a precision lathe and personalise it using a micro-milling process, before putting together the pieces of their unique timepiece.
“We were inspired to develop this project to fulfil a future need for recruitment into the world of micro-engineering, where high precision is paramount. Experiencing Watch It Made will hopefully inspire these youngsters to join our world when they leave school,” said Florian Caroff – Watch It Made, Cranfield University.
“Vauxhall immediately recognised that this project gets young people excited about the science that is precision engineering. The young people are so proud to show their finished watch to friends and family. With the use of the Vauxhall Movano, Watch It Made can now roll out this great project to more schools and young people and can cover a large area of the country,” said Denis Chick, Vauxhall’s Communications Director.
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