The natural world is abundant with sustainable solutions to the many challenges of survival: from keeping cool to preventing the spread of disease, these are problems that scientists and engineers struggle to solve on a daily basis. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature. The objective of this workshop is to teach the value of studying nature in order to solve difficult engineering problems and to introduce 3D printing as a transformative technology that enables us to generate such solutions, in contrast to the limitations of traditional manufacturing methods.
The lesson pivots around the process of researching and designing a novel aerodynamic profile for a rocket nose cone and fins, based on drag-reducing shapes found in nature. The design task is set in OnShape, a free cloud-based parametric CAD application, in which students modify a provided template - making the task also accessible to people with no CAD experience.
The second part of the workshop will involve rocket testing and launching, as well as a brief discussion about the results observed and lessons learnt.
Students will learn about 3D printing and its associated process, as well as basic CAD design using OnShape. They will also learn to identify key requirements and constraints that pertain to the design process, as well as soft skills such as teamwork, communication, and presentation skills.
Event aimed at children aged 14+
Drinks and snacks will be provided.FREE - Register