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Warwick team helps children fall in love with engineering

A team of engineering students from the University of Warwick spent some of their time on Valentine’s Day this year taking part in an action-packed event aimed at helping school children fall in love with engineering.

The #inlovewithengineering event was attended by the University’s Warwick Sub team – a project team of final year engineering students who are working to design and build a race worthy human-powered submarine to compete in the European International Submarine Race in July 2014.

The Warwick Sub team demonstrated interesting activities themed around their project. One activity involved pupils learning about buoyancy by creating different shaped plasticine models. A second very popular activity, which demonstrated hydrophobic coatings, spelled out words using water on aluminium surfaces.

The event, which was organised by The Market Bosworth School, in conjunction with The Big Bang regional team, was attended by over 650 year 7 to 9 pupils and 100 primary school pupils from the Leicestershire area.

The event’s aim was to make engineering subjects come alive by showcasing exciting experiments and demonstrations such as robotic coding tournaments, LEGO construction games and other cool activities that children could get involved with, as well as meeting real people who work and study in STEM fields.

The University team took part in the event alongside teams from organisations including the Institution of Civil Engineers, the EPSRC, the Bloodhound Supersonic Car team and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The Market Bosworth School has posted a video to show some of the best parts of the day.


Tue 25 Feb 2014, 10:16 | Tags: Outreach Undergraduate