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Physics/Engineering: insight4me Engineering – Practical Applications of Physics Principles with The University of Sheffield & University of Glasgow

December 2 @ 12:00 - 13:00




  • The University of Sheffield: Dr Gavin Williams will present: Red LEDs were invented nearly sixty years ago, but it was not until a few years ago that the blue LED arrived. The co-inventors of the blue LED were awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics, since it was recognised that if you have blue light, then you can make white light. These LEDs have produced a lighting revolution, where they are replacing the less-efficient incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. I will explain the physics behind these tiny devices and also suggest how they may soon be giving us an even better internet connection.’
  • University of Glasgow: Dr Ian Taylor, Head of Aerospace Engineering will join us to present From Newton, to Wright and then Flight …. The principles of flight are based on some of the fundamental laws of physics, from Newtons Laws of Motion to Conservation of Energy, and involves many aspects of science from materials, thermodynamics, mechanics and fluid dynamics. Early aviation pioneers such as the Wright Brothers recognised that particular shapes could use conservation of energy and increasing air speed to generate lift. Also, using Newton’s laws of motion, the motion of the aircraft can be understood and controlled. Modern jet engines also work based on Newton’s laws to generate thrust. Modern materials science allows aircraft structures to be made light yet strong, a key requirement for aircraft. Aerospace engineers apply these principles routinely, and significant advances in scientific knowledge have allowed us to develop the high performance and efficient aircraft and spacecraft that are currently in our skies. However, it is not always easy – as the jet engine pioneer Sir Frank Whittle once said “The idea was the easy part – getting it to work was the difficult bit”.

insight4me is a series of subject specific webinars for Year 12 & 13 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 vary between universities.

In this insight4me Engineering webinar for schools and colleges, two universities, including University of Glasgow and The University of Sheffield, will each have roughly 30 minutes to deliver a punchy, topic based ‘micro’ talk. Within an overall session theme of Practical Applications of Physics Principles, 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.



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: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Engineering and related disciplines.

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 Engineering at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans 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 a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. 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:



December 2
12:00 - 13:00
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