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Date Posted: 28/02/2017 | Posted In: Latest news

45 budding scientists and engineers studying A levels at QE have enjoyed a “Discover Science & Engineering Event” at Teesside University.  Students were able to choose from over thirteen different sessions which included all branches of engineering and science covering biomedical science, Biology, Chemistry, Food Science and environmental science.  Students who chose Crime Scene Science worked in Teesside’s Crime Scene Science house, learning how to document evidence from a crime scene and take samples.  Potential aerospace engineers were able to practise landing an aircraft in the university’s flight simulator in high wind as well as look at the aircraft current students are building.   The experiences gave students the opportunity to test out their career ideas in a university setting, and work as part of a team on problem solving exercises.

Patrick Colgan who opted for aerospace engineering said “The lecturer who looked after us showed us the research he is carrying out on aeroplanes and how the data obtained from a flight simulator can work out velocity, drag and downforce.  We also had the opportunity to find out about how maintenance is carried out on a helicopter and the sorts of projects students work on in the third year of their degree – it was a great day and it has definitely helped me to decide what I want to study at university”

Lois Tooke who attended the Crime Science sessions added “We were given a huge insight into what the course involves ; you need to be good at Chemistry, be accurate in your sample testing and how to interpret results correctly – we had to share ideas and work as part of a team which I enjoyed.  It showed me the skills and knowledge required to solve a crime!”

Liz Bryan, Future Engineers Co-ordinator concluded “This was an excellent event, students thoroughly enjoyed the range of options on offer – they had the opportunity to work and learn  in university labs and the whole experience  developed their teamwork and problem solving skills as well as giving them an insight into degree level study and potential careers”.