Recently, seven College pupils travelled up to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire to attend the “Engineering your Future” conference, where they spoke with industry representatives, took part in hands-on workshops and an exclusive tour of the laboratory. The conference is aimed at students considering Engineering as a career.
The highlight of the visit was probably an exclusive tour of the Diamond Light synchrotron - a circular particle accelerator, which works by accelerating electrons through sequences of magnets until they reach almost the speed of light. On-site engineers explained that these fast-moving electrons produce very intense light (10 billion times brighter than the sun), predominantly in the X-ray region. The scientists use this light to study minute matter such as atoms and molecules. Its uses are unexpectedly varied, from studying biological samples to testing the crystallisation of tempered chocolate.
The team also took part in a couple of hands-on workshops. In the first they had to design and build a solar-powered vehicle, and were limited to a fixed budget for ‘purchasing’ parts, and a maximum build time of 20 minutes.
In the second workshop, they had to use Lego® components to design and build a robot that could check the quality of a product.
The puipls were also given the opportunity to meet representatives from a number of engineering companies in a carousel of stalls. The engineers included many who took traditional paths into the sector, but also others from more unique backgrounds, such an origami expert, and a former kite designer.
10th October 2023
Recently, a College team travelled to Lympstone to compete in the 2023 Sir Steuart Pringle trophy.
20th June 2023
On Wednesday 14 June, a group of Year 12 geographers from the College traveled to Herefordshire and the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park to undertake residential fieldwork.
2nd May 2023
In April, a team of seven College students travelled to the Brecon Beacons to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Practice Expedition.
14th March 2023
Professor Brian Cox delivered the annual Duncan Louis Stewart lecture in March 2023 focusing on cosmology and developments in the study of black holes.
12th March 2023
In early March, pupils from Winchester College attended the 2023 Tonbridge Science Conference where they took in talks from keynote speakers, and delivered their own presentations.
7th March 2023
Following a College best performance in the 2022 paper, pupils taking part in this year's exam reach new heights.