School Visits

Visit the UC Electrical and Computer Engineering Labs with your Y12/13 students with interactive demos and hands-on experiment. It usually happens at the end of Term 2 (school calendar) and during University mid-year break.

2020 Visits - Save the week (likely 29 June – 3 July 2020) and register your interest by emailing info@epecentre.ac.nz.

2019 - Electrifying Students Visits!

In early July, UC’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the Electric Power Engineering Centre (EPECentre) welcomed 250 year 12 and 13 Physics students from four local high schools, into their labs. The students experienced a variety of hands-on activities including:

  • programming, optimising and racing solar carts
  • breaking codes with an oscilloscope
  • finding the optimum blade design and angles of wind turbines
  • understanding the fundamental risks and mitigation methods of high voltage electricity by experiencing 15,000 V lightning arc drawings and the Faraday cage.

The team received positive feedback from teachers and students. Some students mentioned they didn’t know electrical engineering involved so many topics and enjoyed having passionate demonstrators (UC staff, technicians and students) supporting them.

 

In 2018, around 200 Year 12 and 13 students from five schools had the opportunity to tour UC’s Electrical and Computer Engineering facilities in July, helping to inform their physics studies. The students visited four laboratories (Nano, Electronics, Machines and Power Research) to learn - from our expert academics and technicians - about microfluidic devices, tesla coil, go cart and solar panels (from final year projects), EV cars, induction and magnetic levitating motors. They took part in a code cracker race, with a prize for the winner, using an oscilloscope to read signals, translating them into a puzzle and then find a word.

In 2017, UC’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the Electric Power Engineering Centre (EPECentre) welcomed more than 500 mainly year 13 Physics students into their brand new labs in June.

In a variety of fun and interactive demonstrations, students from 11 South Island schools:

  • learned about sensors, embedded systems and micro-chips by remotely piloting helicopters and interacting with autonomous robots
  • explored a solar powered car, electric farm vehicle, the UC Motorsport FSAE Electric Racing car and the Shell Eco-Challenge car
  • understood the fundamental risks and mitigation methods of high voltage electricity by experiencing 15,000 V lightning arc drawings and the Faraday Cage.

One Physics teacher summed up the visit saying: “It was a blast, exactly the kind of experience that we need to brighten our conversations in the physics class.”