Practical workshops wet students appetite for STEM-related careers

On Thursday 14th June, our maths, simulation and control product specialists took part in a STEM Fair at Imperial War Museum, Duxford. This hands-on activity event invited over 300 secondary school and A-level students to take part in a range of practical workshops led by scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians from well known organisations such as Napp Pharmaceuticals, Mott MacDonald, Marshall Engineering, The Royal Navy, The Army and many more. Workshops covered a range of topics from robot racing and spectroscopy in a suitcase, to crane building and vehicle aerodynamics. Over the course of the day, students gained invaluable work-related learning (seeing how STEM subjects apply to the real world) and career guidance (understanding what doors STEM learning opens).

Adept’s team ran a series of mathematical modelling and control workshops, where students got to see Quanser’s Inverted Pendulum experiment in action (view a movie of the working pendulum here), then model the complete system using graphical components in MapleSim multi-domain modelling software and design a control loop that maintains the pendulum upright. Our mission was to get students excited about the endless possibilities today’s cutting-edge technical software and hardware can offer. This experiment never fails to impress and students left the workshop engaged and enthused by their practical application of physics and control theories.

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