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Engineering events for the Science Festival

Engineering events for the Science Festival

Many members of CUED took part in activities for Cambridge Science Festival this year.

Professors Nick Collings and Peter Guthrie lectured to the general public as part of a CMI sponsored event 'Extremely Green', at the BP Institute, Madingley Rise on vehicle pollution monitoring, and the problems of waste disposal, respectively.

In addition, close to 1000 model planes were made and launched during a busy Saturday at the start of Science week in Cambridge. The 'Fun Fliers' activity co-ordinated by Dr Peter Long engaged families in making polystyrene aircraft from engineering templates. They were challenged to fly them to land on a specified target. Winners put their names down to receive a further kit to build a model boat.

Some ten engineering undergraduates willingly gave of their free time to join in the fun, as well as instructing those that were interested in the finer points of model aircraft design. Details of this, and other activities for young engineers can be found on the Design Office website.

Dr Geoff Parks explains the finer points of aircraft designCutting out in progressAll ages catered forFourth year engineering student, Peter Stidwill, helps outSheenaanne Law helps with a complex folding operationTime to test the models

In addition to these activities, around 200 children visited the Department during the week to attend an event with SATRO:

"Project Launch Pad"

for Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11) pupils, to find out about what engineers do and take part in various engineering related activities, including building a rocket.

"The rocket launch morning is one of highlights of my year!!" said Rebecca Stewart, teacher at St Paul's, Cambridge, who supplied the photographs shown below.