The Summer School of Mechanical Engineering 2020 has come to an end

date: 24.08.2020

category: Sporočila za javnost


At the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana, many activities are aimed at primary and secondary school students. One of them is the Summer School of Mechanical Engineering, which is aimed at pupils from the 6th grade of primary school to the 3rd grade of secondary school. In 2020, we have organized it for the 7th consecutive year, which suggests that it is becoming a tradition. This year, we registered a record number of 82 participants, despite the coronavirus. It is gratifying that almost 15 percent of them were girls, which shows that mechanical engineering is becoming increasingly attractive for them as well. The coronavirus did not affect participation, but it did affect the organization of the summer school, as we had to take care of disinfection, face masks, safety distance and small groups of children, 9 workshops were held in 12 classrooms and laboratories.

The Summer School of Mechanical Engineering is based on the concept of design, production, testing and on the individual approach of the mentors to the participants, which is possible because of the small groups as well as the large number of mentors. All participants made their product and took it home in the end. They learned the basics of each area of the workshop and learned how to use the professional equipment used in that area.

Between 18 and 21 August, participants of the Summer School of Mechanical Engineering created a portable weather station, a hydraulic arm, a solar panel, tested themselves in 3D printing, aircraft modelling, and car model making and testing. They fought the heat with a USB air and beverage cooler, competed in making and driving autonomous electric vehicle models, and tried to puncture balloon with a laser. They also learned how infrared thermography works, filmed their thermographic image and, most importantly, they had a lot of fun.

The participants were enthusiastic about the summer school, and many of them are already considering continuing their studies at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana.

The Summer School of Mechanical Engineering is supported by ZOTKS (Association for Technical Culture of Slovenia).

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