Sunday, 20 July 2014

Derby UTC Hands On Techno, Fun, and Careers Day at Rolls Royce

Following a tip-off from @SmithJont, NSB and Sons No 1(thinking about a career) and 3(thinking about having fun with cool sciency stuff) went along to the Derby Manufacturing University Technical College's event at Rolls Royce.

Turned out to be quite an interesting gig. Lots of "proper" enginnering - production line technology, hydraulics, machining, robotics and much more.

Great, for example, to see that FESTO are suppporting the World Mechatronics Competition

And Derby University's "STEMpunk" team were also there to encourage some hands-on mechanical meddling.

Toyota's stand had a deceptively tricky dexterity challenge that left NSB in no doubt that he was too slow for the Toyota production line.

Oh, and there was a jet engine....made of LEGO...

The Rolls Royce Training Centre is rather swish,
and there was a good turnout of companies

A jet engine - made of LEGO

STEM Punk #didyouseewhattheydidthere?

No1 Son putting together parts of a model jet engine

More pictures here.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Various things from New Scientist

Going through a bunch of old-but-not-too-old issues of New Scientist and wanted to make a note of various articles that caught NSB's attention.....

Contrails and their effect on temperature
Roger Timmis et al (from the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University and the Environment Agency, Lancaster Environment Centre) suggest that the contrails created during the forming-up of bomber groups in southern England in WW2 offers an opportunity to compare the temperature of areas under the formations against area a few miles upwind. The period is particularly valuable for investigation because WW2 was a period when there were more meteorological observations taken across England than at any time before or since, and when civilian air travel was almost zero.