Students get taste of electronics in Portsmouth

At the end of June, 60 teenage students from across the UK spent four days at the University of Portsmouth getting an early introduction to analogue and digital electronics, with practical activities.  

The 14- and 15-year-olds took part in a design and make challenge with guidance from experienced professionals companies such as QinetiQ, Vodafone and the university’s engineering department.   

The students tackled a hardware project which was to build a buggy using sensors and remote control to negotiate a circuit in a race against time. The software element saw the students programming and widget testing.  As well as working on the projects, students developed life skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, time management and social interaction.

Claire Fisher from the Smallpeice Trust, which organised the event, said: “This four-day experience is designed to give students an opportunity to take a hands-on approach at learning the skills of an electronic engineer.  By demonstrating how exciting and rewarding the role of an engineer can be, we hope to play a part in ensuring the stream of talent considering a career in the industry keeps coming.”

Barbara Haward from the University of Portsmouth added: “The students appeared to enjoy, what was for many of them, their first taste of University and they managed to design some amazing technology.”

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