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Wednesday, 08 August 2012
Tejal Shanbhag, a year 11 student from Bolton School Girls’ Division, had the unique opportunity to explore the engineering behind modern mobile communications.
Tejal attended a residential course organised by educational charity The Smallpeice Trust and sponsored by Cardiff University, designed to give students valuable practical knowledge of the principles, systems and technologies of the expanding world of mobile communications. During the course, Tejal attended lectures by academics and key industry speakers, and took part in hands-on workshops on using software to design, develop, explore and prototype communication system components. As part of the course, Tejal spent a day working with engineers from a leading multi-disciplinary engineering company, General Dynamics UK where projects included designing and building a communication system made from a piece of fruit to intercept, decipher and encrypt messages. The social programme included plenty of fun activities including a film night, a trip to the local bowling alley and a formal dinner followed by a quiz on the last evening of the course.
Spokesperson for The Smallpeice Trust, Gemma Murphy, commented: “Thanks to continuing sponsorship from Cardiff University, we are delighted to run this course for the third year running. The technologies behind communications are continually advancing and with opportunities like these, students will be able to see how they could help to revolutionise the way in which such technology improves the quality of our lives now and in the future.”
Steve Watts, Cardiff School of Engineering, added: “We have an active programme of engagement with tomorrow’s engineers though a number of activities. The Smallpeice Trust’s Mobile Communications summer school allows pupils to attend a residential course that allows them, through industry and university speakers and activities, to sample what the industry is about and where it might be going. This allows them to make informed decisions about going to university and about what is contained under the degree titles on offer.”
The Mobile Communications course is part of an ongoing programme of residential courses run by The Smallpeice Trust to help young people learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing.
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