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22 March 2011 | PR 11/32

Packed programme of events for National Science Week on University campus

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Alexander Miller from Granville Sports College concentrates on his bridge construction during the bridge building workshop held at Loughborough University during National Science and Engineering Week

Schools from the East Midlands were once again able to take advantage of a packed programme of free events on offer at Loughborough University last week for the 2011 National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW).

The University’s faculties of Science and Engineering organised a series of fun and interesting events as part of NSEW which aims to celebrate science and engineering and their importance to our lives.

The sessions that took place covered the topics of solar cars, bridge building, robotics, materials focusing on Frisbee making through injection moulding, packaging exploring the maths topics of shape and space, a workshop based around the study of motion and a project involving building dancing robots and fairgrounds!

The schools taking part included Granville Sports College, Moat Community College, Belgrave High School, Lancaster School, Crown Hills Community College and Exton Primary. 

Pupils from Granville Sports College attended the bridge building workshop.  Stephen Edwards from Granville Sports College: commented: “These workshops are a fantastic opportunity for students to learn more about science and engineering and their practical applications in the modern world. Coming to the University campus and talking to Loughborough’s experts will hopefully inspire them to pursue these subjects and go on to higher education.”

The University also hosted two public lectures as part of the NSEW celebrations.  The sixteenth Sir Neville Mott Lecture had a physics focus and was delivered by Professor Victor Petrashov of the Royal Holloway, University of London whilst Maths Inside Nuclear Power Plants was the subject of a joint lecture by Sharon Evans and Richard Buckingham of Rolls-Royce, Derby.

The final element of the University’s NSEW activities is a photography competition being run by the Faculty of Engineering.  Open to both primary and secondary aged pupils, the challenge is to produce a creative, interesting photograph which captures the impact of engineering and communications on the modern world.   Entries can be submitted to the University until 3 June 2011 and further information is available on the University’s dedicated NSEW website which can be found by logging on to: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/nsew/

Jackie Baseley, the University’s NSEW co-ordinator said:  “The University is delighted to have been able to offer another programme of activities that provide a fun, exciting and interesting way for young people to learn about science and engineering.”

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Alison Barlow
Community Relations Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228696
E: A.J.Barlow@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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