Get up to speed

Flying quadrocopters, robotic arms and a 3D printer will all be demonstrated at an event aimed at showcasing the engineering and manufacturing sector.

Get up to Speed is one of the headline events of the 2012 Global Manufacturing Festival in Sheffield. It aims to inspire the next generation of engineering talent by bringing education and business closer together.

The University of Lincoln has been invited to exhibit at the interactive event which last year attracted more than 2,000 young people, families and teachers.

Dr John Murray, from the University’s School of Computer Science, said: “This is a great opportunity for the University to showcase its work and I’m delighted to be going along. It’s a fantastic event which will be sure to get children interested in and wanting to study Computer Science, Engineering and other related subjects required for a career in manufacturing industries.”

Dr Murray will be attending the Festival on Wednesday, April 17, along with a group of students from the University who will be operating a host of interactive robots.

Visitors will be able to see quadrocopters in action, a printer that can create 3D objects and robots that can be controlled through an Xbox.

Dr Murray said: “The robots we’ll be taking along can mimic people and this technology can be used in situations such as search and rescue operations where sending in humans would be too dangerous. It’s this sort of information we’ll be looking to explain to visitors. A lot of people think Computer Science is just about being sat at a desk programming, but that isn’t the case at all.”

Get up to Speed is the chance to see some of the fastest vehicles, innovations and people all in one place. As well as being able to participate in a number of interactive activities and simulations, visitors will be able to talk to apprentices, find out what it’s like to work in the sector and one day play a part in helping to achieve some future world records.

More than 30 local engineering and manufacturing companies will be exhibiting alongside the University of Lincoln at the event which runs from 10am to 6.30pm at The Blue Shed in Brightside Lane, Sheffield. To find out more and book places at the event visit

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