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On Thursday 16 June a group of the School’s Lower Sixth and Lower Fifth pupils enjoyed a fascinating all-access visit to the Engineering Department at Southampton University.
The day started with a presentation on the variety of engineering courses offered at the university, as well as an insight to various student projects and activities. Pupils were guided around the campus by mechanical, aeronautical and acoustical engineering undergraduates.
The newly opened Boldrewood Innovation Campus at Southampton University is home to the second largest towing tank in Europe where naval engineering students are able to do model testing. It is also the location of the 2016 Design Show, where pupils enjoyed an exhibition of student work across all engineering disciplines, including autonomous robots, unmanned aerial vehicles, rocket-propelled lunar explorers, renewable energy projects, aircraft wing designs and civil engineering projects and structures.
After lunch, pupils were given a tour of students’ studios, workshops and advanced manufacturing facilities on the Highfield Campus. These include multi-axis machining centers and a range of 3D printers, from low cost desktop models right up to a £0.5M machine that produces solid metal components by selective laser sintering. In other buildings pupils experienced the contrasting environments of anechoic and reverberation chambers which are used by acoustical engineering students, a flight simulator used to test virtual aircraft models, and the R.J. Mitchell wind tunnel, used for aircraft and F1 car testing, and by the GB cycling and sailing teams.
Jason Ward, Head of Design and Technology at St John’s, commented: “The pupils asked excellent questions throughout the day about possible pathways and the broader student experience at Southampton. We owe our thanks to Mr Mooney and to Mark Simmons and his undergraduate admissions team for putting this valuable and informative day together for us.”
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