What an absolute pleasure it was to take Year 7, along with 20 enthusiastic parents, to the Mini Plant last week. An enormous thanks to everyone that helped and to Y7 students for a great trip! We had a very interesting and enlightening tour with really engaging and knowledgeable guides. I would highly recommend that if you haven’t yet visited this ‘Oxford gem’ that you book yourselves on a tour to make sure you don’t miss out – the ‘robot ballet’ was a sight to behold!
Leah, Mark, Rob & Inga
Over to our students to tell you more …
When we arrived at the mini plant we were split into groups and were given a headset so when we were in the factory we could hear what our guides were saying. First we went into the ‘body in white’ section where they were making the parts of the cars made out of steel and welding them together, you could start to vaguely see what the car was going to look like. After that we went to the assembly hall where they would put parts of the car together and you would see what the cars were going to be like after being painted. In the assembly section there weren’t many robots unlike in the body in white. The most exciting part of the trip was seeing the finished cars.
Oscar, Yr 7
The Year 7 tour of the mini plant was a thrilling and interesting experience. First we were taken to the body in white. It was a huge site with 1000 robots. Did you know that the human employees have gone down from 2000 to 200? We got shown how all the robots functioned and found out that every 60 seconds a mini shell leaves the body in white.
Then we were shown the variety of colours and even saw some brand new United Kingdom headlights! Then we saw the area where they make the finished product. This time 90% of workers are humans. We saw all the different colours of minis (My favourite is the orange mini with black stripes running through the middle, or the United Kingdom paint job). We also saw an example of the finished product for a black and red mini.
Overall it was a terrific experience and was very enjoyable.
Oliver, Yr 7