On Wednesday this week the Maths department took 11 UR pupils to a STEM discovery day at the University of Birmingham.
The day included a variety of hands-on workshops to introduce students to the opportunities open to those studying science, technology, engineering or maths. Pupils tried some image processing in computer lab, helping the computer to recognise the path of a bouncing ball in a video that they had taken. Amy, Martha and Caitlin produced a particularly impressive result.
Our group then had the chance to speak to students involved in the formula student team about the racing car they have produced, and to test their driving skills on the simulator, fortunately all casualties resulting were virtual!
In contrast the BrumEco team are producing the most energy efficient car possible. It looked extremely uncomfortable, but it was interesting to learn about the skills used in developing it and the upcoming race in France.
It was great to hear about the experiences available at university, and the career opportunities they can lead into.
After lunch on campus pupils learnt about developments in using biopolymers to prevent cancer and experimented with alginates to see how they bind to different compounds. We finished the day with a campus tour. It was a most enjoyable day and gave great insight into the uses of A levels in maths and the sciences.
Read about what they get up to at King’s STEM Club here.