13 July 2012

UKESF summer school inspires tomorrow’s electronic engineers

The Electronic Skills Foundation (UKESF) has held its second annual summer school to inspire the next generation of electronic engineers to take the subject at degree level.

Held at Cardiff University's school of engineering, the five day event was attended by 40 A level and Scottish Higher students from across the UK. It involved a series of workshops, creative sessions and lectures designed to highlight career opportunities in the sector and show how electronics underpins everyday products and services.

In a design and build challenge, students created electronic voice boxes under the guidance of David Howard from Channel 4's Hidden Talent and professor of music technology at the University of York. They also attended a career progression afternoon with engineers from sponsoring companies and taster degree sessions run by UKESF affiliated universities.

"We are delighted to be establishing these courses as annual events that give a greater insight into the industry and attract more students onto electronics degree programmes," commented Indro Mukerjee, chairman of the UKESF strategic advisory board and ceo of Plastic Logic. "The benefits seen by our sponsors last year means that we are already attracting further support and looking forward to running courses in 2013 and 2014 for even greater numbers of students."

Simon Fogg

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