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Royal Institution Masterclasses 2014

Pupils from local schools recently took part in the second series of the Royal Institution Engineering Masterclasses, hosted by WMG, and delivered by staff and students from WMG and the School of Engineering. The end of the series concluded with an official presentation and awards ceremony for the children on the 15th March, attended by parents and teachers, to mark their participation. Bob Shanks, Chairman of the Imagineering Foundation, and Rachel Dorris from the Royal Institution attended the ceremony to celebrate the achievement of the pupils and to award their certificates.

Schools that attended this year's Masterclasses were:

  • North Leamington School
  • Lyng Hall School
  • Cardinal Wiseman School
  • Caludon Castle School
  • Kenilworth School
  • Trinity Catholic School (Leamington)
  • Heart of England School
  • Cardinal Newman School
  • George Eliot School (Nuneaton)
  • Nicholas Chamberlaine College

What are the Royal Institution Engineering Masterclasses?

Engineering Masterclasses were recently initiated by The Royal Institution in order to introduce Year 9 pupils to science and engineering in action through practical hands-on experience alongside experts working in industry and academia. Through the sessions, the students are encouraged to learn about the latest engineering applications and think about the possibilities for the future.

The unique sessions go beyond the school curriculum and bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to life in surprising topics such as art and sculpture, computer science, design, medicine and cryptography.

The masterclasses aim to open the eyes of young people to the excitement, beauty and value of engineering, and in turn, inspire the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

Over the last two years, staff and students from across the Faculty of Science at the University of Warwick joined WMG to deliver workshops to a group of children from local schools in Coventry and Warwickshire. Students undertook workshops each week in ways that made the subjects fun and interesting. Subjects included 3D printing, coastal engineering, robotics programming and intelligent vehicles.

RI Masterclasses 2014

Students from Year 9 (age 13/14) were nominated by participating schools, where they have shown a particular interest, enthusiasm or aptitude for science, engineering or technology.

The classes usually take the form of talks interspersed with interactive workshop sessions, supervised by assistants.

Each masterclass focuses on an aspect of modern engineering, and is presented by an engineer actively involved in research, or working in industry.

The sessions in the 2014 Engineering Masterclasses were:

  • 25th January: Making an impact with recycling! - Dr Ben Wood (WMG)
  • 1st February: Software and control: Margaret Low (WMG)
  • 8th February: Will 3D printing turn you into a designer? Dr Simon Leigh (School of Engineering)
  • 1st March: Intelligent Vehicles: Mark Amor-Segan, Anmoal Thethi, Ali Ahmad, Harita Joshi (WMG)
  • 8th March: Coastal Engineering: Dealing with waves at our coastline - Dr Jonathan Pearson (School of Engineering)
  • 15th March: The Power of Process: Mairi Macintyre (WMG)