IGNITION 23: Maker Space summer school a hit once again

Categories: School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Maker Space’s 2023 IGNITION engineering summer school, powered by Morson GroupSTEM Foundation, was a success once again this summer.

IGNITION 2023 was held in the Maker Space in the new SEE building and hosted by the Maker Space team with support from the Salford Racing society. The summer school allows secondary level students to get hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology, such as 3D printers and laser cutters, and provides an opportunity to hear from industry experts from Morson Projects who brought real life insights to the engineering workshop programme.

Through team-based activities the students’ gain an understanding of the possibilities that STEM careers can offer. The ties with industry partners allow students to have full access to the equipment and knowledge needed to get a fantastic start in STEM. The aim is to inspire students and show them the opportunities offered by a university education in science and tech subjects.

Salford Racing Team, who recently competed in the iMECHe Formula Student competition on the Silverstone tarmac, helped run the bespoke workshops where students were challenged to build their own remote-controlled racing car from sketch.

Dr Maria Stukoff, Director of the Maker Space said: “It’s amazing to have such inspiring skill events happening in our own university Maker Space. Thanks to the Morson Group’s STEM Foundation, year on year we can provide industry experience to students who are thinking of going into engineering at university and beyond. IGNITION is a testament to our efforts to how we enable students to launch into STEM careers.”

The school ran for 3 days in July and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from all students who attended.

Tune in to interviews of student and staff during IGNITION’23.

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