TWI’s Younger Members Committee held a Materials Selection workshop at Long Road Sixth Form college in Cambridge on 5 July 2018. The workshop reached 60 students as it was held four times across the day, including for three A-level physics classes and an applied science class.
Each 90-minute session included a materials selection experiment based on choosing the correct materials for a small-scale bridge. The students were asked to consider which materials would be most suitable for the bridge, including the cross sections, based on cost, size and shape and environmental impact. There was also an introduction to the types of calculations used by engineers in conducting this sort of work and an introduction to mechanical testing.
The day was well received by the students, who were able to gain an insight into the type of challenges faced by engineers in the real world.
The Younger Members Committee was represented by Matt Haslett and Jessica Taylor, who said, “All the students really enjoyed themselves - and Matt and I did too! It was brilliant to see the students engaging with the exercise and creatively designing their own experiments to tackle the problem at hand. Seeing the real world applications of their studies prompted many of the students to ask how they could work at a company like TWI (through either higher education or apprenticeship). This was the highlight for me - seeing the students excited about engineering."
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