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15 July 2015

The Welding Institute's Younger Members Committee (YMC) enjoyed showcasing a range of fun and exciting activities to young audiences at STEM Team East's recent two-day science fair held in the iconic surroundings of the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

The annual event, held on 30 June and 1 July, grows more popular and successful year-on-year with over 1000 pupils from 34 different schools taking part in over 50 hands-on workshops and activities.

Day one saw the YMC team demonstrating engineering principles with their unique 'Welding with Chocolate' activity. The team held its cool despite fears that the sweltering summer temperatures could cause a potential meltdown with the chocolate-led activity. Luckily, the chocolate handled the heat and provided the ingredients for a stimulating workshop.

Geared towards pupils aged seven to 13 years old, the Young Investigator Workshops encouraged participants to guess how much weight a simple plank bridge of chocolate would hold. The team then proceeded to create box girders and asked the audience if the bridge would hold more or less weight than the single plank.

According to Welding Institute team member Laura Crean, 'Our young investigators - and the teachers who joined in - were amazed by the difference in strength between our chocolate bridges. One of our bridges managed to hold a spectacular 16 times more weight than a single bar!'.

STEM Fair workshops inspire next generation
STEM Fair workshops inspire next generation

Day two was aimed at older children aged 11 to 18 with a particular interest in engineering. The team from TWI delivered an Offshore Structures Workshop with a series of presentations and activities designed to inform and put into practice, theory and techniques used in the analysis of offshore structures in the oil and gas industry.

Students were able to get hands-on and become detectives examining specimens, distinguishing between brittle, ductile and fatigue failures. The students also assessed how long an offshore structure would last in service in the North Sea using a range of inspection techniques and TWI's CrackWISE software.

Team member Jenny Crump concluded, 'Both days' activities challenged students to think of engineering concepts that are outside of the current curriculum and introduced them to the complexity and excitement of working with welded joints in structures.'

The STEM Fair is organised by STEM Team East with the aim of providing students from the region's schools the opportunity to be inspired by a series of high quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics workshops from small, large and multinational companies, research institutes and universities.

The YMC makes up part of TWI's comprehensive educational outreach activities which find ways to link real industry challenges with science and engineering curriculum topics. From primary, secondary, further education, university and to postgraduate level, we have put into place structured learning activities and annual programmes. This includes fun, hands-on workshops delivered in schools or at local science fairs; work experience and technical mentoring via our partner-schools arrangements.

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