University holds Engineering Taster Day for local school

As part of a series of on-campus activities offered to schools throughout the year, pupils from Llanishen High School recently attended an Engineering Taster Day at the University’s Treforest Campus.

A group of 12 A-level Product Design students accompanied by their teacher were given an insight into engineering at university with hands-on activities in aeronautical, civil, mechanical and electronic engineering. They also got the chance to speak to current students about what it’s really like to study engineering.

During a session dedicated to aeronautical engineering, participating students were divided into groups to look at the design of shell structures including the fuselage of an aeroplane. The groups were also encouraged to think creatively in a session where they were asked to design a structure to prevent an egg from cracking when dropped from a height. With constantly changing resources, the groups had put their heads together to come up with a solution that would work.

Sion Fouracre, a pupil from Llanishen High School, said “The day was a great experience and gave me an excellent insight into engineering. I would like to study electronic engineering in the future and would like to work in robotics”.

The University of South Wales has a wide range of degree courses available in the field of engineering. To find out more, visit our pages on engineering.

If you are interested in bringing along a group of students to a similar event, please e-mail schools@southwales.ac.uk or visit: www.southwales.ac.uk/schools

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