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Exploring the world of science & engineering

Date Posted: 31/05/2018 | Posted In: Latest news

A group of first year budding scientists and engineers from QE enjoyed an inspirational hands-on day at Teesside University working in university labs and even getting a chance to operate their flight simulator during the aerospace engineering session.   Students were able to choose two workshops from a wide range of options including all branches of engineering, Maths, science and computer and digital forensics.  They also gained an insight into some of the research that is being carried out by senior lecturers in the aerospace and chemical industries.  Students also had the opportunity to develop their communication and teamwork skills, working in pairs or small groups to solve problems ranging from how to consider the strength of materials for application in the design and manufacture of engineering structures to how to collect, analyse and report on digital data in a way that is legally admissible.

Andrew Brown, who tried mechanical/aerospace and electrical engineering, comments “It was a very enjoyable day and I learned a lot about engineering.  The highlight of the day was trying to land the flight simulator.  It was also a great opportunity to speak to academic staff.”

Harriet Ormston , who took part in the Maths and Aerospace sessions, adds “The problem solving sessions in Maths was quite challenging, however it extended our knowledge and gave me an insight into studying Maths at undergraduate level.”

Liz Bryan, Future Engineers Co-ordinator at QE, concludes “It was great that students were able to take part in two practical sessions, work as a team and then present their findings to academic staff – it was an excellent opportunity for them to extend their learning, find out about undergraduate study but also discover the important research that is carried out in university departments.”