Engineering affects every aspect of our shared world. In Britain we are proud of our engineering heritage, and we are excited to be enhancing our national reputation for science and manufacturing by adding new members to the current generation of engineers. However we recognise that we also have a responsibility to look to the future. At CDT cP³ we are committed to the creation of the next generation of scientific minds who will take our research forwards. We work towards this through our outreach programme.
As a part publicly funded body, it is important to us that we help the public understand our work and its relevance. The UK is the world’s sixth largest manufacturer. Global engineering turnover is estimated at £800bn each year, yet UK manufacturers struggle to recruit skilled scientists and engineers. It is therefore vital that we play our part in inspiring the next generation of engineers. With science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM subjects) struggling to connect with a younger audience, we seek to address this problem through our outreach programme. Through practical demonstrations, workshops and talks, we seek to put our work into context, helping young people to understand the diverse applications that exist for science and maths and the massive impact that work in this area has on the world.
Our outreach programme takes members of our scientific team into schools, colleges, museums and science festivals to demonstrate the amazing and exciting opportunities presented by a career in engineering.
If you work in a school or a museum and you would like to know more about our outreach programme and possible opportunities for collaboration, please contact us. We will be excited to explore innovative ways of bringing science to life in the classroom. Together we will inspire the next generation of engineers!
Public Engagement Fair
In March of 2015, the CDT took part in a Public Outreach Event hosted at the University of Leeds with the aim of educating the wider public on about chemical engineering and the impact that it has on our everyday lives. There were various CDTs in attendance at the Parkinson Court, and the CP3 team chose to gear their exhibition towards educating a layman audience about the complex particulate process engineering that we take for granted, and the hosts of applications that an be drawn from the same science.
Geared towards this idea, the CDT put on two different demonstrations to capture public interest and engage with people of all ages.
Firstly, there was a demonstration of the use of hydrophobic sand to illustrate the science behind molecular contact angles and their effect on the interaction of different materials with water, with an explanation of the so-called “Lotus Effect”. This scientific basis was used to explain the production of hydrophobic clothing produced by Silic, and the novel idea of waterproof phones made by Sony.
In addition, a demonstration of magnetic oil suspended in water was put on to illustrate the mechanics of ferro-fluids and the science behind more efficient sound systems and Audi’s new “Magnetic Ride” suspension.
Engagement with the public was an all-round success, with an audience of all ages walking away inspired and educated as well as entertained.