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Inspiring Minds Online: Robotics

How many electronics and electrical devices do you use in a typical day?  20? 30? More? How much electronics will we use in 2027 or 2037?

Electronics and Electrical Engineering will be key to innovations in every aspect of our lives including Renewable Energy and energy distribution; Sensors; the Internet of Things; Communication; Manufacturing; Drones; Robotics etc.

Our courses will give you the knowledge and skills to engineer the future. We have 4 courses that have a common first year that allows you to switch at the end of Year 1:

  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering;
  • Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering;
  • Robotics, Mechatronics and Control Engineering;
  • Systems Engineering.

In the first year you will cover Maths, Electronics, Programming, Key Fundamentals and work on a group project.

To dispel a common myth, you don’t need Electronics GCSE or A’Level to study these courses, just Maths and a related science subject. If you don’t have A’Level Maths, Loughborough has an excellent Foundation Studies course.

Inspiring Minds: Online will inspire your career and look great on your UCAS Personal Statement.

1. Approximately how many transistors are in an iPhone 8?

a. 4,600
b. 850,000
c. 2.2 million
d. 4 billion
e. 1 trillion


2. Approximately how many transistors can fit across the width of a human hair?

a. 10
b. 100
c. 1,000
d. 10,000
e. 100,000

Please show your workings

3. Second year Electrical Engineering students work in teams to design and build autonomous robots.

If the speed of light is 300,000 km/s and the speed of sound is 340 m/s, how long would it take the following to reflect from a wall 1m away from the robot?

a. An Infrared signal
b. An Ultrasonic signal

Please show your workings

4. If a copper track on a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) is 30 microns thick; 2mm wide and 10cm long, what is the resistance of the line?

a. 0.028Ω
b. 0.51Ω
c. 1.14Ω
d. 4.60Ω
e. 18.19Ω

Please show your workings

5. What is the total capacitance of ten 1pF capacitors:

a. In Parallel?
b. In series?

Please show your workings

For the best submission in each subject, there will be a £50 Amazon Gift Voucher plus some Loughborough University clothing.

All submissions must be made by uploading a Microsoft Word document.

The deadline for the current Inspiring Minds: online series is midnight, Thursday 29 March 2018.

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