TWI's continued commitment to education outreach has been celebrated at a convention held by one of its partners.
Skipton Girls' High School, an engineering academy in North Yorkshire, held the event to bring together its partner organisations, sponsors and education professionals for a showcase of its engineering education work and to herald the construction of a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics building.
TWI is proud to be supporting the work of Skipton Girls' High School and provided a number of samples and displays for use at the convention.
These included direct metal deposition prototypes, laser surface modified hip replacements and friction stir welding samples, allowing students and delegates to see and touch examples of work from the cutting edge of TWI's research.
The contributions to the convention were part of an ongoing collaboration between the academy and TWI, which in December last year welcomed a group of the school's sixth formers to its Great Abington headquarters.
During their visit the engineering A-level students learned about the development of key industrial joining processes for a range of metals and other materials, toured the site and looked at processes and material examples. The activities were directly linked to their classroom work in Skipton and presentations they were preparing for a visit to their local university.
The girls also paid a visit to another of TWI's partners, the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where they experimented with scanning electron microscopy and fracturing techniques.
The visit was organised by Solutions 4 Schools, a company that works with schools to promote education in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Its chief executive, Les Jones, said: 'I was approached to invent a new way to deliver the A-level engineering topic. Materials as a subject is great to teach in schools but they need physical examples and relevant, cutting edge contexts and so the chance to visit and see a global company at work was an immense opportunity for the girls.
'TWI kindly hosted the event and Fred Delany delivered an inspiring keynote address explaining how many of the processes developed by TWI came about and how they worked. Such a close syllabus match will undoubtedly help the girls when they face questions on materials in their examinations.'
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