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FEMM Hub Outreach at King Edward VII School in Sheffield

9 January 2023

A team of FEMM Hub researchers including Dr Divya Tiwari and Dr Mike Farnsworth conducted an outreach activity at King Edward VII School in Sheffield on November 30th which involved approximately 40 children aged 11-15 years.

Pupils were introduced to digital manufacturing and its role in the manufacturing of future electrical machines. This was followed by practical sessions where the pupils built some circuits involving a variety of sensors and then made their own motors.

Children engaged in the FEMM Hub presentation.

It was a successful session where the children impressed the FEMM Hub team with their engagement in conducting the two activities. The aim of this activity was to introduce the profile of manufacturing and engineering to the new generation of scientists and engineers, which can eventually aid in addressing the nation’s skills gap.

Children engaged in the FEMM Hub school activity, using a simple electrical machine comprised of a battery and a copper coil.

The deputy head of science at King Edwards Lower School quoted: 

“An engaging practical session where our students did some programming and built motors from scratch. They were also encouraged to consider what engineering is and how systems and control engineering is important in manufacture. The team delivering the session were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.”

If you are interested in the FEMM Hub outreach activities, please get in touch with Hub Manager, Laura O’Keefe (l.okeefe@sheffield.ac.uk).