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insight4me Engineering/Physics – Exploring The Physics Principles Behind Groundbreaking Engineering Projects With University of Surrey & University of East Anglia

April 25 @ 13:00 - 14:00

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  • University of East Anglia: Dr Jack Panter is a Lecturer in Fluid Dynamics in the School of Engineering. Last year, an astonishing 24.5% of the UK’s total electricity supply was generated by wind power, a number that is only set to grow. Last year also saw the world’s largest offshore wind farm, located in UK waters in the North Sea (Dogger Bank), start producing electricity. Once completed, this colossal 3.6 GW installation alone will be able to power about 17% of UK homes. However, how are wind turbines actually able to capture power from the wind? In this session, we will explore the science of fluid dynamics. Together, we will see live how air flows round an aerofoil in the wind tunnel lab, understand how computer simulations allow us to ‘see’ inside the normally invisible flow, and analyse the forces and torques at play that make a wind turbine turn!
  • University of Surrey: Dr David M Birch is Head of the Centre for Aerodynamics & Environmental Flow. Dr Birch will demonstrate how some of the most advanced analyses carried out in engineering are all built upon the same simple principles of mechanics, and how mathematics is used as a tool to solve these complex problems.


In this insight4me Engineering/Physics online event for schools and colleges, University of Surrey and University of East Anglia will each have roughly 30 minutes to deliver a punchy, interactive topic based ‘micro’ talk. Within an overall session theme of  Exploring The Physics Principles Behind Groundbreaking Engineering Projects, the universities have the freedom to choose their own focus and use the time to convey the key points of the case studies for the students.

insight4me is a series of subject specific webinars for Key Stage 5 students, and equivalent. The sessions directly support students’ current studies by giving an insight into particular curriculum areas whilst affording an understanding of how these subjects continue beyond A-levels, T-levels, IB, BTEC and equivalent qualifications, and how they vary between universities.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Key Stage 5 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Engineering/Physics and related disciplines. Student groups, and individual students and teachers are very welcome to join us.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the 2 topics and discuss some of the key elements in advance. Students can also think about questions they have about studying at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Zoom and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via typed comments and questions or via a microphone if preferred. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



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April 25
13:00 - 14:00
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