Physics students attend Engineering taster day
28 first year Physics students took the opportunity to visit the University Engineering department, now finally emerging from its scaffolding, for an interesting and stimulating day trip. Students were split into teams and had very hands-on experiences of the type of work covered in an Engineering degree course. During the day, they built a dc motor and measured its speed. They learned how to use control software to model a helicopter in flight, then used their program to control a real-world helicopter model. In addition they investigated the electrical properties of fruit, and of high-voltage plasmas.
Finally the students used data from an X-ray CT scanner to work out the combination of a padlock. Meanwhile they learned a lot about engineering courses and the applications of engineering in the world of work. A student ambassador gave an interesting tour of the campus and talked about student life at Leicester University. All in all, this was a fascinating look at what our close neighbours do, and encouraged many students to further consider the challenges and rewards of Engineering at university and beyond.
News story by Peter Ellis, Physics and Computing Teacher