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Wednesday, 29 Jun 2011
This year’s Brunel University visit took place on Wednesday 22nd June and gave 25 Year 9 students not only a taste of university life but also an insight into a variety of exciting engineering related careers.
Following a brief tour which included a state of the art lecture hall, a typical student halls of residence facility and also the Universities much prided indoor athletics centre (IAE) which is currently in use as one of the 2012 Olympics training venues, the boys were welcomed by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ken Darby-Dowman.
Following lunch, the tour included a computing activity, showing how robots are ‘taught’ to follow a set of instructions, with the students actually getting some ‘hands on’ experience. This was followed by a look at a green screen TV and film editing suite that the university uses to train tomorrow’s film makers. The facility is also hired out to professional film companies and has played a part in a number of recent films and TV dramas.
The students then visited the Motor Sport Workshop where they had a look at the racing car that will soon be entered into the Formula Student UK Silverstone Grand Prix. They then visited the Flight Simulator suit, where they were given a brief lecture on basic aviation. A number of boys then got the chance to pilot the flight simulator.
The day ended with a presentation on the history of code braking and explained how ciphers actually work. The boys then had a chance to break a code in small groups.
Source: Mr Marshall