School pupils research latest technology at the University of Dundee

Nuffield Students

11 July 2016

While many school pupils spend their summer bored with nothing to do, three local high school pupils have sacrificed their holidays to spend four to six weeks as Nuffield Research Placement students at the University of Dundee.

Nuffield Research Placements provide over 1,000 students each year throughout the UK with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

Working alongside Dr Rachel Menzies from the University’s School of Science & Engineering, the pupils, Abigail Bannister, Dominik Frankowski and Ben Harper will work in research teams with PhD students on high-tech computing related projects.

At the end of the four weeks, there will be a celebration event where the pupils will present their findings and design a poster.

Abigail Bannister from Grove Academy is working on a project which gives tours in buildings using Google Glass.

Dominik Frankowski, a pupil from Brechin High School is busy creating a virtual receptionist, while Ben Harper from Grove Academy is making physical games for the work place.

Ben Harper, who wants to go on to study computing or aero physics, thinks this placement might help him to decide, said, “The Nuffield Placement at the University of Dundee is better than school. We’re learning faster because you’re dealing with new technology that you don’t get at school”

Dr Rachel Menzies commented, “The Nuffield placements are an excellent opportunity for high school pupils to experience a research environment. The research group here at the University of Dundee also benefits from the variety of fresh ideas and experience.”

The students will work with two PhD students, Garreth Tigwell and Ben Gorman, supervised by Dr Rachel Menzies.

Find out more about Computing at the University of Dundee here.

Find out more about the Nuffield Research Placements here.

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