Bolton School Senior Girls

Pupils Design Their Own Jet Engine

Year 10-13 pupils from local schools, Thornleigh Salesian College, Turton, Ladybridge and Balshaw's CE High School, joined students from Bolton School to learn about material sciences from Dr Philipp Frankel from the School of Materials at the University of Manchester, the largest such centre in the Western world. 

In the lecture entitled "Material Science in the Real World", Dr Frankel talked about how our everyday lives are impacted by material science. He explained how Material Science includes bits from all the other sciences: Physics, Maths, Medicine, Chemistry, Biology and Engineering. He described how the materials are made and used, citing the extremely strong but light composite materials used in F1 cars, the specialist materials in iPhones and everything else from jet engines to power generation! 

At the end of the lecture, pupils, working in small teams on netbooks, were given the chance to compete against one another in designing their own jet engines.  The winning team from Thornleigh Salesian College each received packs of Materials Master Cards. 

There was also a chance for pupils to talk informally with the lecturer and with one another about their physics studies. More information about the jet engine and Materials Science tools for schools are all available at

The lecture was the second Ogden Physics Lecture to be held at Bolton School and followed on from the Northern Lights Lecture, held last year. 

Dr Frankel and pupils

Pupils from Bolton School and local secondary schools get to know Dr Frankel

Dr Frankel offered a fascinating insight into the world of Material Sciences