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Physics students ‘electrified’ by university visit

On 26th April, physics students from Clarendon Sixth Form College visited the University of Huddersfield’s electronics department to find out more about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

The students took part in two workshops as part of their visit, one focusing on building an electronic component and the other on drone technology.

They were set a task to build a capacitor, which stores charge, using only tinfoil and a sheet of paper. They then tested the capacitors using a range of other electronic equipment.

In the second workshop students were given an introduction to how drones are being used in many different ways to improve people’s lives and make businesses more efficient. To demonstrate their use, the students flew a drone inside the university’s lecture theatre.

The aim of the trip was to give the students an idea of what facilities, technology and courses the university offers and to give them a broader view of careers in STEM subjects (science, technology engineering and maths).

Samantha Barnes, physics teacher at Clarendon Sixth Form College, said:

“It was a really great day for the students and they enjoyed it thoroughly. The drones were especially fun and I hope that seeing all the fantastic facilities the university has to offer will inspire the students to think about what it is they want to do after leaving college.”

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