28 April 2014

Staff and students from UCL Engineering took part in a recent open day at ELUTEC, the UCL-sponsored University Technical College for 14-19 year olds with an interest in engineering and design. The open day on March 16th was an opportunity for prospective applicants to visit the school, get a feel for what life is like at Elutec, and pick up a wide range of useful information on the school. UCL Engineering attended to demonstrate the wealth of talent within the faculty and reaffirm our commitment to supporting learning at all levels, from primary school to Postgraduate and beyond.

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Dr Kenneth Tong demonstrates the Booster Brolly

Dr Kenneth Tong, (UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering) demonstrated his pioneering and practical Booster Brolly.  He said, “It was great to meet our future engineers in the ELUTEC Open Day.  Sharing the Booster Brolly design, answering those from-different-angles questions and listening to the feedback were good experience to me and my research team.”

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Also on hand were the entire UCL UCell Team, who demonstrated various alternative energy sources including a hydrogen fuel cell, as well as solar panels, conventional batteries, and much more. PhD researcher and UCell team member, Vidal Barath said:

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The UCL UCell team

“We had the opportunity to meet some bright young minds and talk about the benefits perusing a STEM subject and explain some of the research being conducted at UCL. The interest from pupils and parents in new energy technologies was highly encouraging and we believe that the superb facilities on offer at Elutec will attract the best students to study science and engineering – hopefully eventually continuing at UCL.” Vidal Bharath – UCell team – UCL Chemical Engineering

Professor Mark Miodownik, of UCL Mechanical Engineering and Dara O’Briain’s Science Club, was thrilled with the level of attendance from UCL students. He said that it was “Great to see such a good turn out from UCL Engineering students at the ELUTEC Open Day. It was very heartening to see so many of our young engineers there demonstrating their work and interacting with the new school. I got a real sense of something very special starting to happen.”

Zaiba Badrudin and Matthew Kaczmarczyk, UCL Engineering student ambassadors were also on hand to answer questions about engineering courses with UCL and Elutec.

Elutec is a new University Technical College providing 14-19 year old students with technical skills relevant to both industry and further study. The College is sponsored by UCL, as well as Ford Motor Company, CEME (Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence) and Prospects Learning Foundation and supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation. Its goal is to provide a first class academic and technical education. The College’s ethos is based around providing young people with the employability skills that are essential for success in work.

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When life gives you lemons…make batteries.

Elutec benefits from cutting edge learning facilities, including a dedicated manufacturing line, a robotics centre and a hydraulic/pneumatic training suite. With UCL as a sponsor, the College also has access to world-leading research and educational facilities. Elutec is now taking applications for Year 10 and Year 12 students for September 2014, from a wide catchment area across London. You can find out more about admissions and applications on the Elutec site.

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