A recently organised trip to Newcastle University saw a group of enthusiastic pupils explore further into the world of engineering.
The group of Year 10 and 12 pupils attended thought-provoking lectures throughout the day, before then being put to the test in a practical challenge.
The day started with a lecture on Civil Engineering delivered by Professor Phil Blythe. Alongside his role at Newcastle University, Professor Blythe is also the Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department for Transport (DfT). Throughout his lecture, the discussion focused on the future of transport and included the prospect of transport pods and even flying cars.
Following a tour of Newcastle University campus and then exploring the nearby city centre to refuel for lunch, the group returned to the Electronic Engineering Department where they were met with a challenge. Pupils were tasked with creating an electronic pulse monitor. The task was full of intricate work, placing the components on a small circuit board, soldering them in place and then attaching the battery. After successfully testing their monitors, pupils were then able to measure their pulse using their device.
Dr Nick Baker, Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering, gave pupils a tour of the Electronic Engineering Department and finished off with a discussion in the research labs. Pupils had the chance to meet graduate students who were currently working on new devices to revolutionise the future of transport, including concepts for a new wheel for electric cars and a brand-new way to charge the batteries in electric cars.
Mr Lewis, Assistant Head of Sixth Form, made the trip to Newcastle University with the pupils. He said, “The engineering day at Newcastle was a thoroughly stimulating experience for all the pupils. The practical workshop and inspirational professors have left their mark on our young Sedberghians and many are now considering a career in engineering. It was a day enjoyed by one and all!”
We would like to thank Newcastle University and their staff for hosting such a thoroughly entertaining and captivating day.