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Energy Zone Report – June 2015

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The Energy Zone was a themed zone funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The participating engineers were working in energy-related fields such as developing renewable energy power plants, improving how buildings use energy and planning the infrastructure needed to deliver North Sea gas to the UK.

The Zone had a high percentage of active students (92%) and they were keen to find out about what engineering involves, what the working life of the participating engineers was like and the education needed to become an engineer. This was a very competitive zone amongst the engineers, with Yasmin, Tadhg and Lee in particular engaging well throughout.

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Posted on July 21, 2015 modantony in 2015, STFC, Zone Reports | Leave a comment

Kelvin Zone Report – June 2015

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The Kelvin Zone was a general engineering zone funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Simon, Norbert and Craig worked for organisations related to the research council. The engineers taking part covered a wide range of fields from aircraft engineering, satellites, flood defences, scientific research equipment and automotive engineering. Both ASK and live chats were quiet compared to other zones in June.

The main focus of the zone was on engineering as a career, either what the engineers enjoyed about their current jobs or how they came to be where they were. More specific engineering questions covered the wide variety of topics related to the work of the engineers. Norbert, who won the zone, put a great deal of effort into attending chats in particular. All the engineers interacted positively with the students and their different experiences of engineering illustrated nicely the varied potential the discipline offers.

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Posted on July 21, 2015 modantony in 2015, STFC, Zone Reports | Leave a comment

Apprentice Zone Report – June 2014

apprentice The Apprentice Zone was the first time we’ve run a zone themed around a career path, rather than an engineering area like Water, Health or Environment. The idea of the zone was to give students the opportunity to talk to engineers who’ve taken the apprentice route. This clearly appealed to teachers, as it was the most requested zone. The zone had the most live chats, in which the students asked more questions about career routes and apprenticeships than in the ASK section. A lot of the discussions in the zones were focused more generally on careers and jobs: how to get engineering skills and what working as an engineer actually looks like.

You can read the full zone report here (PDF).

Posted on July 30, 2014 modangela in 2014, News, STFC, Zone Reports | Leave a comment

Space Zone Report – March 2014

Space coverThe Space Zone was funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. A lot of the discussions in this zone were focused on the space theme. From missions to Mars, to life in the universe and building the technology to help us find out more. There was more activity in the ASK section than the CHAT section of the zone, probably because many of the engineers found it hard to fit the live chats round their daily commitments, so several chats were cancelled. As with previous I’m an Engineer zones there was a good balance between questions about careers and engineering itself.

You can download the full zone report here (PDF).

 

Posted on April 7, 2014 modangela in 2014, News, STFC, Zone Reports | Leave a comment

Detection Zone Report – June 2013

deletion coveThe Detection Zone was quiet to start off with but quickly picked up as the week went on – it was quite busy during the second week. The live chats were fun and the students seemed to learn lots.

In the live chats, students asked lots of questions about careers – what the engineers’ jobs are like, where they work, who they work with and how they got to where they are now etc. Another popular topic was women in engineering and encouraging more girls to get into the field – ‘do you think there should be more women in engineering?’ ‘what is the most popular type of engineering for women?’. The engineers were often asked to explain their work and the equipment they use; designs and inventions were two more popular topics.

You can download the full zone report here (PDF).

Posted on July 7, 2013 modangela in 2013, News, STFC, Zone Reports | Leave a comment

Measurement Zone Report – March

measurementThe Measurement Zone was sponsored by the Science & Technology Facilities Council. After an initially busy first week the zone calmed down and was relatively quiet for questions and comments. The engineers engaged very well with the students. The chats were sometimes very hectic. Several chats only had one or two engineers present to answer a lot of questions from keen students!

Popular topics in live chats included questions on environmental impact of projects, gender balance in the working environment, space exploration, portrayal of engineers and scientist in film & television, and what were the engineers’ favourite foods. Students were also interested in career advice for a role in engineering, earnings, lifestyle and the future plans of the engineers.

You can download the full zone report here (PDF).

Posted on April 7, 2012 modangela in 2012, News, STFC, Zone Reports | Leave a comment