Year 12 Academic Enrichment Programme
24th August 2011
For further information or to book, please contact Mohammed Ansar, +44 (0)121 414 7693
A week long residental course at the University of Birmingham which gives an opportunity to gain first hand experience of the academic learning to be expected from a research-led institution whilst offering support with raising students academic grades through two study skills sessions and e-mentoring.
Visit the Year 12 Academic Enrichment Programme for further information
Masterclass; The elusive radio wave – can you catch it?
Dr Costas Constantinou
23rd March 2011 2-4pm
15-20 students Years 11-12, lecture room NG15, Gisbert Kapp building
This session started with a talk on the basic principles of radio wave propagation and their application to radio direction finding, and was followed by an interactive discussion on the practical challenges in finding the location of radio transmitters. A hands-on practical session saw groups of three or four students competing against each other to see which could locate and identify up to five hidden radio transmitters on campus, each transmitting its identity as a morse code signal. Each group was equipped with a suitable purpose-built radio receiver for this task.
Masterclass; Build your own microcontroller circuit
Dr Tim Collins
23rd March 2011 2-4pm
20 students Years 10-11, introductory talk in lecture room NG16, Gisbert Kapp building
Students soldered and programmed their own light-flashing microcontroller circuit in the Univeristy of Birmingham’s Electronic Engineering laboratory. This practical exercise gave an opportunity to make a working light-flashing circuit students can take home.
Students learned about electronic components and how microcontrollers are programmed.
Masterclass; Design and testing of an antenna for wireless communication
Students designed, built and tested simple antenna using the University of Birmingham's Communications Engineering laboratory and anechoic chamber. This project uses state of the art technology to test a working microwave antenna which students can take home.
Students learned about radiowaves and antenna patterns along with radio transmission and reception.
Masterclass; Rescue robots - exploring different means of control for robots
Robots can be used in emergency situations and environments where humans cannot go. This project uses ROVIO robots to pit two teams against each other as they attempt to complete tasks against the clock (and each other) using a variety of control methods including text, voice, SMS message and mouse.
For details of other masterclasses, or to book onto these activities, please see information on the University of Birmingham Subject Enrichment Programme online.