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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