Aberdeen pupils experiment with engineering

Sparks are set to fly today (Thursday June 24) as budding young Aberdeen scientists get the chance to experiment with engineering.

Experts from the University of Aberdeen are providing school pupils with an insight into the impact of engineering on our day to day lives in a series of workshops held throughout this week.

Today, S5/6 pupils from Kincorth Academy will have the chance to explore a range of activities which aim to inspire pupils to consider a career in engineering, including:

  • How the invention of the optical fibre has resulted in the development of internet and the fast global communication we experience today
  • An insight into the groundbreaking research in the field of 3D imaging over the last decade, and the chance for pupils to try their hand at developing their very own hologram
  • How the development of the laser in the 1960s has led to a wide range of key inventions which have dramatically altered how we live today — from the telephone and internet to laser eye surgery and barcodes

The roadshow visited Banff Academy on Monday (June 21) and will roll into the Gordon Schools in Huntly tomorrow (Friday June 25).

Dr Jenifer Scott, Assistant College Registrar, College of Physical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen is organising the workshop series. 

She said: “Engineering is an integral part of society, impacting on our day to day lives in ways which sometimes we may not immediately comprehend. 

“The aim of the roadshow series is to allow pupils to discover the real life application of the subjects they learn at school - such as physics - and how this science could be put into practice in their future career choices.

“The workshops are extremely interactive offering hands-on experience of engineering and the wide-ranging role it plays in the world around us.”

For more information on the University of Aberdeen Engineering Roadshow contact Dr Jenifer Scott, College of Physical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen on 01224 272522