STEM Interactive Activity Day: Thursday 18 June 2009

InnoTech STEM Interactive Activity Day: Thursday 18 June 2009 South West College and InnoTech Centre are hosting a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) event. This event is aimed at encouraging young people to think about exciting and rewarding careers in engineering. Employees in the STEM sector are essential for developing the UK and Irish economy.

This event will capture imaginations as students get to experiment with robots, check your carbon footprint, build highly skilled engineering structures and build a racing car that could potentially break the world speed barrier!

Activties:

  • Robotics… The robotics event will provide an introduction to Lego’s Mindstorm robot. Examples of some of Mindstorm’s capabilities will be demonstrated. A detailed explanation of the sensors used by the Mindstorm robot will be provided. The origins and everyday uses of ultrasonic sensors, light sensors, sound sensors and micro switches will be discussed. The participants will have the opportunity to plan a program to negotiate the Mindstorm robot through a predetermined course and become involved in other interactive games.
  • Engineering Conquests… This program will introduce students to engineering concepts. They will have the opportunity to observe how structures react when loads of varying weights are applied. The students will be presented with an engineering challenge where they will have the opportunity to construct a model applying the skills they have learned.
  • Carbon Footprint… This program will explain Carbon Footprints through experiments, videos and interactive activities. Why carbon footprints have come about? Who’s responsible for them? What can be done to lessen our footprint? The students will be taught about the state of the climate and how we can lower the negative impact we have on it.
  • 3D Scanning & Reverse Engineering… This activity will introduce students to the world of 3D scanning. A demo of the 3D scanner will lead to students creating their own models to scan. This activity aims to introduce students to new 3D Scanning technologies.
  • Bloodhound Challenge… EPSRC research is helping design and build a car capable of 1,000 mph – can Bloodhound SSC break the world land speed record and inspire a new generation of British engineers?

For more information please contact
Innotech Centre
South West College
Cookstown Campus
Burn Road
Cookstown
Co Tyrone
BT80 8D
T: 028 8225 5223
E: innotechcentre@swc.ac.uk