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Inspiring Minds: STEM

What is Inspiring Minds?

Inspiring Minds is an excellent opportunity for post-16 students to learn more about the options available at university, through a series of academic taster days focusing around different subject areas. The events allow students to enhance current studies and experience studying their chosen subject area at undergraduate level through a range of topical taster sessions, including lectures and workshops, delivered by our academic teaching staff. Ultimately, the events aim to help students make informed decisions about their higher education options, by exploring subject areas in greater depth and developing an understanding of university level study.

Attendees can also learn more about applying to higher education and university life with informative sessions covering a range of topics such as UCAS applications, personal statements and student finance. Our current students will be available to answer any questions and offer tours of our stunning 440-acre single-site campus. Where possible, we will also provide the opportunity to meet some of our graduates, providing an insight to their career paths after studying at Loughborough.

Furthermore, attending these events can make a great addition to a student’s personal statement, helping them to stand out as part of the university application process.

Individual students, as well as school and college groups, are welcome. The events are free of charge to attend (excluding the cost of travel to Loughborough) and lunch is provided for students.

Please note that the primary purpose of these events is not to provide detailed information on the specific content of our degree courses, but to allow students the opportunity to experience university level study through a range of undergraduate level taster sessions. Course information can be found using our online prospectus and brochures will be provided to take away with this information.

Inspiring Minds: STEM

Tuesday 31st March 2020 | Loughborough Campus

Due to the recent Government announcement and advice in relation to COVID-19, this event will now not take place as planned.

This event will bring together a range of STEM subjects from across the university, for those students interested in learning more about the options available to them. Students have the opportunity to attend their choice of lectures and workshops, hear from some of our graduates, as well as take a tour of our outstanding campus and facilities.

Some of the feedback received last time includes:

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all the staff/students involved in the day. Everyone was extremely helpful and I have taken away a lot of useful information, and feel inspired. I now feel I am better able to make a decision about what course I want to do at university, and I am excited to start"

"The event opened my mind to the various opportunities available at University and helped me decide that STEM subjects were the right area for me"

"The day provided an amazing insight into the courses I'm interested in and to University life"

"I would like to thank all the staff involved for an amazing day. My student came away totally inspired by the Natural Science session and wanting to look into this more. All the sessions we went to were brilliant – well presented, engaging and appropriate. I regularly take students to visit Universities and this day ranked as one of the best I have been to"

Please see below for the event timetable, outlining the sessions available to students.

09:00 - 09:30: Registration and University Exhibition

Registration open for visitors - personalised timetables will be provided on arrival, with the chance to speak to university representatives

09:30 - 09:45: Welcome

An introduction and welcome to the day from the event organiser

09:45 - 10:00: Careers in STEM

A short talk from the Loughborough University Careers Network on the potential career paths available to STEM graduates, with an insight to graduate destinations from Loughborough University

10:00 - 10:50: Session 1

Students will attend their choice of session from the following:

  • Architecture
    • Architecture brings together the very latest thinking and technologies in architecture and urban planning. Learn more about the subject area with this topical taster session.
  • Sports Technology
    • Sports Technology combines the excellence of both Sports Science and Technology, focusing upon the design and manufacture of sports equipment. Find out more during this session with Dr Paul Sherratt, Senior Lecturer in Sports Technology
  • Aeronautical Engineering: Model Aircraft Activity
    • A chance for you to build your own model glider and see how far it can go on a test flight!
  • Computer Science
    • Computer Science is a rapidly evolving and increasingly important field, pervasive in almost all areas of science and modern day life. Learn more during this topical taster lecture with Dr Posco Tso.
  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry powers many aspects of our lives, from the clean water we drink to the air we breathe. It is a vibrant and stimulating subject that has a huge impact on the world around us. Discover more during this taster talk with Dr Pooja Goddard.
  • STEMLab Tour
    • Take a tour of our new STEMLab with current students, providing state-of-the-art learning facilities covering most of our Science and Engineering disciplines on campus.
  • UCAS Applications and Personal Statements
    • Learn more about completing the UCAS application form and how to write a great personal statement

11:00 - 11:50: Session 2

Students will attend their choice of session from the following:

  • Urban Planning
    • Planning underpins the entire world around us. The action and inaction of planners has shaped our cities, natural environments and lives. As we look to the challenges of the future, this session will look further into the following topic: 'Tech and the City: How will technology shape our future cities?’
  • Materials Engineering
    • From aerospace to food packaging, learn about one of the most diverse Science and Engineering subjects that affects a huge range of industries that depend on materials advances to innovate their new products.
  • MBed Workshop
    • Ever wondered what is going on inside your TV, your phone or even your toaster? It might be more that you think. Learn more about what influences our modern world and have a go at programming. Maybe write your own computer game!
  • Business Analytics
    • Business Analytics is a major growth area in the commercial world. This session will look at how we can improve business using analytics and big data.
  • Biosciences
    • Biological Sciences is an exciting and rapidly developing field, bringing together knowledge, ideas and techniques from all areas of biology to allow us to expand our understanding of the human body and its interplay with the environment. Learn more during this talk with Dr Ines Varela-Silva.
  • STEMLab Tour
    • Take a tour of our new STEMLab with current students, providing state-of-the-art learning facilities covering most of our Science and Engineering disciplines on campus.
  • UCAS Applications and Personal Statements
    • Learn more about completing the UCAS application form and how to write a great personal statement

12:00 - 12:30: STEM Alumni Panel

Hear from some of our graduates for an insight to their university experiences and career paths

12:30 - 13:00: Lunch

A complimentary lunch will be provided for students

On-site outlets are available for additional visitors (parents/guardians/carers) to purchase lunch

13:00 - 13:50: Session 3

Students will attend their choice of session from the following:

  • Architectural Engineering
    • With a growing urban population worldwide, more questions are being asked of the sustainability of the built environment than ever before. To understand the challenges faced by the increasing urbanisation of the planet, Architectural Engineering re-establishes the creative nature of engineering thinking in architectural design. Discover more with this topical taster delivered by Dr Manuel Cresciani, director of the programme.
  • Automotive Engineering: Formula Student
    • Formula Student is an international competition for university students to design, build and market a small single-seat racing car in which they then compete against each other in static and dynamic events. Learn more about the team and what they do during this student-led session.
  • Mathematics Workshop
    • Mathematics is a thrilling and fascinating subject with a natural elegance and splendour, taking real world problems and creating mathematic models to aid understanding. Give it a go yourself with this workshop led by Dr Artie Prendergast-Smith.
  • Physics
    • Learn more about how we designed our new Physics programmes and why they are so different, as well as experiencing a mini taster lecture on classical mechanics underpinned by basic concepts and departmental research.
  • STEMLab Tour
    • Take a tour of our new STEMLab with current students, providing state-of-the-art learning facilities covering most of our Science and Engineering disciplines on campus.
  • Student Fees and Finance
    • Learn all about the different aspects of student finance, including financial support available, how to apply and the repayment structure

14:00 - 14:50: Session 4

Students will attend their choice of session from the following:

  • Construction Workshop
    • Learn more about construction with this computer lab activity using Navisworks software, a 3D design review package used in construction industries.
  • Civil Engineering
    • As a civil engineer, you can improve quality of life through (re)building or maintaining vital infrastructure. They also solve issues, including supplying energy and clean water to homes, processing and recycling waste, and pollution. Learn more with Chris Keylock, Professor of Fluid Mechanics.
  • Chemical Engineering Workshop
    • Chemical Engineering (also called Process Engineering) involves the processing of lower value raw materials into higher value products, in a safe, cost effective and environmentally responsible way. If you look around you, almost everything you see will be a product of Chemical Engineering somehow. Delve deeper into the subject with a laboratory-based workshop activity in the STEMLab.
  • Solar Cars Workshop
    • In teams you will build a solar power car where you will learn about PV panels, series and parallel circuits and design, before racing your car against the other teams!
  • Natural Sciences
    • The complex problems we face in the modern world increasingly require scientists to adopt a multidisciplinary approach in the search for solutions. This session will give an insight to what it may be like to study on this broad-based degree programme.
  • STEMLab Tour
    • Take a tour of our new STEMLab with current students, providing state-of-the-art learning facilities covering most of our Science and Engineering disciplines on campus.
  • Student Fees and Finance
    • Learn all about the different aspects of student finance, including financial support available, how to apply and the repayment structure

14:50 - 15:00: Evaluations and Close

Closure of the main event and completion of feedback forms

15:00 - 16:30: Campus Tours (Optional)

The chance to take a tour of our stunning 440 acre single-site campus and facilities with current students

Former Loughborough University students share their insights into STEM careers