Summary: Hands-on science inspires a new generation
The University of Southampton's Science and Engineering Day event won the
inaugural ETB award for the UK's `Best Engineering Event' to take place during
National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW) 2009.
The Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) and the British Science Association
established the prestigious award, with a £1,000 prize, to encourage imaginative and
inspiring entries to NSEW, and the University of Southampton this year came up
trumps with its Science and Engineering Day for all the family.
Thousands of local residents, including many schoolchildren, took part in the
University's two major science and engineering events at the University in March.
Science and Engineering Day and Ocean and Earth Day were held in conjunction
with National Science and Engineering Week. The first event, which was held on 7
March, provided opportunities for people of all ages to take part in a range of
interactive science and engineering activities. Visitors experimented with lights and
lasers, tested out their flying skills in an A380 flight simulator and explored real
human organs through the `SIM' man interactive dummy. There were also
opportunities to participate in `Blood on the Kitchen Floor', solving detective problems
across the campus.
The School of Civil Engineering and the Environment's `Construction Zone' also
proved popular with visitors. The zone featured three activity areas themed around