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Press Release - 06 June 2007

Eggs encourage school students into engineering

School students from Swindon will apply engineering to eggs, when they take part in a fun challenge at the University of Bath.

Forty Year 9 pupils from Greendown and Nova Hreod schools will take The Egg Challenge on a day’s visit to the University’s Faculty of Engineering and Design on Wednesday 13 June.

They will work in teams to solve the problem of how to protect an egg from breaking when it is dropped from a set height. Postgraduate students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering will introduce various engineering principles and help the teams to tackle the challenge.

The school students will also work in the Electrical Engineering labs, where research officer Dr Toby Whitley will teach them how to build a circuit board to produce an alarm for a door or window, which they will then take home with them.

A presentation from postgraduates will help the pupils to understand more about different types of engineering and outline possible routes into an engineering career.

The ‘engineering enrichment day' is geared to pupils who have an interest in engineering or have shown potential in related subjects.

“The aim of the day is to enthuse the students about engineering as a career choice,” said Liz Andrews, Outreach Events Coordinator at the University of Bath. “We hope to inspire them so that when they get back to school they are really motivated to do well in subjects that relate to engineering.

“We need more talented young people to go into engineering to keep the UK at the forefront of developing technology.

“It’s also a good opportunity to get the pupils on to the University campus so that they can get a feel for life at university, and aspire to higher education as an option for their future.”

The scheme is part of the national Aimhigher programme which aims to widen participation in higher education by raising the awareness, aspirations and attainment of young people from under-represented groups. Aimhigher is run by the Higher Education Funding Council for England with support from the Department for Education and Skills.

The University of Bath runs a series of Aimhigher events to widen participation in higher education, including tutoring schemes, open days and summer schools for school students in the south-west region.

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