We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the SERC website.

We do not track any personally identifiable information about you, but do use cookies for security & to gather statistics on the use of our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites if you visit a page which contains embedded content from social media. Such third party cookies may track your use of our site.

Student art work is the Bee’s knees for Belfast Zoo

SERC Skills for Work students from the Bangor Campus were given a tour of Belfast Zoo recently, as a thank you for manufacturing a bee, which is planned to be installed at the zoo as an aesthetic piece of art. Curator Raymond Robinson, who is also a part-time lecturer at SERC, provided the tour.

Raymond outlined the opportunity for the young engineers to design bespoke pieces for the zoo, as the animals require a range of items within their enclosures. These bespoke pieces allow the zookeepers to work safely with animals and it provides the animals with more interesting experiences such as metal troughs with holes to allow elephant trunks to source food.

“We were given a photo of a bee with flowers growing out of it when we were asked if we could make the bee” said lecturer William Henderson.

“This allowed us to have some creativity in the construction of the artistic bee piece and as a result, it was an incredibly beneficial experience for the students to be involved in a project like this for an organisation like Belfast Zoo” added William.

The process of creating the structure included gathering the trainees around a whiteboard, identifying and analysing the different stages of the process. They then planned for the most efficient method to manufacture, fabricate and weld the structure.

The structure was constructed in four areas, the thorax, abdomen, head and wings. These were fabricated using a series of ring pieces which were shaped accordingly to the part of the body.

This is the first in a series of pieces to be ordered by the zoo.

SERC provides a range of full and part-time courses designed to give students’ the edge’. To find out how SERC can help you ‘get the edge’ call 0345 600 7555, visit www.serc.ac.uk or find us on Facebook, search: South Eastern Regional College.

Share This page

College Events

SERC organise a great variety of events including public lectures, seminars, student shows, exhibitions and concerts.

Check Calendar

Student Testimonials

See what our students had to say about their experience at SERC View All Testimonials

All information correct at time of print.
Please note all courses are subject to funding and demand.
While we promote a wide number of courses not all are guaranteed to run.
Page printed on 22/07/2018 22:41:03