More than 200 A level students displayed their new engineering designs and ideas at the West Midlands EESE Celebration and Assessment Day at the NEC yesterday.

It was the last part of this year's Engineering Education Scheme (England), a programme, giving talented Year 12 maths and science students hands-on experience of engineering with the help of local companies.

For five months professional engineers from partner firms have been working with teams of 16-17 year olds and their teachers on real engineering challenges faced by them. This year 48 projects have been undertaken with 45 companies.

A system developed by Newport Girls High School in Shropshire is already being used on the production line at GKN Autostructures.

Projects included a team from the Sixth Form College, Solihull, working with Jaguar Cars together with Land Rover on a new system for 4x4s.

Six girls from Swanshurst School in Birmingham have been working with Cadburys Trebor Bassett on a new recycling system.

Severn Trent Water linked with Coundon Court School & Community College in Coventry, Heath Park High School, Wolverhampton, studied a project with with RAF Cosford and students from Solihull School worked with Thorlux Lighting in Redditch on an impact testing device for sports hall lights.

A team of industry experts will be assessing the students' ideas.