At the ‘Think Inside the Box’ event in April, held at the Magna Science Centre in Rotherham, over 2,000 young people from across the South Yorkshire region were able to engage and learn about nine different engineering disciplines through SELA’s interactive exhibits.
Exhibits included a virtual reality flight through the solar system, a lesson in engineering earthquake resistant buildings and the chance to have a go at keyhole surgery. The young attendees also got to meet Wobbly, a self-balancing robot, and raced against the clock to wire up a control panel to launch a space rocket.
After being launched into the stratosphere in May, the stamped cards are now back on planet earth and the schoolchildren will today receive certificates confirming that their card has been into space, and see footage from the launch.
Gary Wood, Head of SELA said: ‘This was such an inspiring opportunity for young people in South Yorkshire. There aren’t many people who can say that something with their name on it has been sent to space and back! We hope that through outreach activities such as this, we can encourage the next generation to think about engineering as an exciting and varied option.’