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Microwaves and Antenna Engineering Research Group

Pioneering the analysis, design and integration of high frequency electronics devices and systems

The Micrwoaves & Engineering Group enagage with schools and oversee a variety of exciting science and engineering experiments. Students can choose from the following fun activties (full descriptions of each activity will be uploaded soon!) 

  • Magnetic field lines
  • Magnets
  • Static Electricity
  • Conductive dough
  • Wireless power transmission
  • Light reflection
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Cat’s eye
  • Periscope
  • Looking into infinity
  • Light refraction
  • Water tank
  • Invisibility
  • Parabola
  • Hologram
  • 3D cinema
  • Illusions 

- Spinning disc illusion

  • Pixels
  • Colour filters
  • Colour mixing wheel
  • Stereo sound
  • Music box
  • Noise cancelling headphones
  • Talking strips
  • Talking cups
  • Write your own story or video explaining “If I was an engineer, I would…..”
  • Imagine original missions in space and explain what they will do, how they will look like,…
  • Explain simply science involved in space telecommunication
  • FM radio - By using USB sticks designed to receive TV students can utilise the built in antenna and receive FM radio by installing software on a computer and move along the RF spectrum in the waterfall...see below!

RF Spectrum

  • Build a simple dipole antenna - with a wine crock and some copper cables, and track planes by receiving their ADS-B signals (tutorial, need two additional programs: one for ads-b decoding, and one to plot the planes)
  • dipole antenna
  • Receive NOAA weather satellites slow-scan images - the receiving antenna is more complicated to build!! More to follow....but see the example image below!

NOAA satellite

  • Paper/carboard models of missions
  • Deploy a solar panel
  • Arts and Crafts: Learn about planets
  • Arts and Crafts: Create your space rocket
  • Arts and Crafts: Create your own satellite
  • Arts and Crafts: Star gazing
  • Topographical maps
  • Solar car