Events highlights

Musical mechatronics

In February 2016, Hallé Orchestra musicians took part in an extraordinary performance featuring a unique electro-acoustic instrument: the Halléoojamaflipaphone

  • Inspired by EEE research, it was designed and built by a team that included a EEE PhD student and seven keen apprentices
  • The Halléooja combines state-of–the-art embedded computer software with acoustic moving parts that respond to a musical score
  • Next, the Halléooja will go on tour to primary schools and community groups, including dementia care homes

An opportunity to contribute to a project that attempts to improve the lives of young students and older citizens

- Hassan Hakim Khalili, EEE PhD Student

See the Halléooja performing with full orchestra at the Spring 2017 ‘Hallé for Youth’ concerts. 

Over 7000 school students have now watched the first filmed performance, ‘Bolero Does the Blues’:

An explosion of creative possibilities

- Steve Pickett, Hallé Education Director

Science Extravaganza

Almost 1000 school students in Years 7-9 (and over 100 primary school pupils) visited the University’s Science Fair during British Science Week in March. 
Some of them battled EEE’s smart mini-bots through the maze and found out why electronics may be essential for growing food in the future

Teachers’ Conference

Four groups of teachers dipped into the world of EEE research in June and emerged with a working metal detector made from a microcontroller board, wire and cardboard. 

Real-world applications include landmine detection and airport security. The workshop links to curriculum topics in physics and maths

“Really good stuff. Hands-on application leading to consideration of the model motivating the maths” - Teacher, AS/A level Maths, Further Maths

“Easy to understand – even for a physics ignoramus!” - Teacher, BTEC and GCSE

“A great ‘hook’ to explain an interesting concept” - Teacher for IB and A level

“Excellent workshop. Very useful” - Physics/Maths teacher, 6th Form

Discover Days

Groups of Year 12 students visit us regularly to find out what connects their sixth-form studies, our courses, and real-world electrical and electronic engineering. At our Discover Day workshop in July 2016, students explored the next generation of miniaturised electronics – ‘wearables’.  Most familiar as wristbands for fitness tracking, these smart devices represent a major advance in body monitoring for personalised healthcare. In December 2016, sixth-form visitors discovered how to make a DIY metal detector. The next Discover Day will be 12th July 2017.

"Wearables" Discover Day, July 2016

It's about intelligent, digital health

Dr Alex Casson
Lecturer in Sensing, Imaging and Signal Processing

IET Challenge Day

A winning design by a year 7 team from Failsworth School in Oldham was the highlight of a recent IET Faraday Challenge Day hosted by the School of EEE. Part of a national competition, this challenge featured a digital workshop based on the BBC micro:bit 

Image: The IET

Team Projects Demo Day

Each year, industrial sponsors can see for themselves the amazing team projects produced by students on our Master of Engineering (MEng) four-year degree programmes

Robot Orchestra plays out Manchester’s year as European City of Science

An audience of all ages enjoyed the first public performance of the world’s first recycled Robot Orchestraat Manchester Science Festival. Made by children, the recycled Robot Orchestra and the human musicians playing alongside it created a unique sound, in styles that ranged from classical to electronic, soul and hip hop. 

You can see a short film of the performance on YouTube

‘The percussion was great. All the music flowed together in the end - I really liked the robot designs!

- Eric, aged 10, Year 5 pupil

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