As part of the #LottieTour Brought to you by WES and Instron - members of WES, the YMB and the WES Council posted photos on Twitter and Instagram of Robot Girl Lottie doing everyday engineering work. Primary-age students are often neglected when outreach activities are planned, and WES believes this should change, as this is a great time to get girls excited about science and engineering.
On Tuesday Lottie and Lizzie learnt what a transducer is and how a strain gauge works when they helped to manufacture a load cell together.
Lottie and Lizzie spent Wednesday with Maeve Higham who sits on the Women’s Engineering Society Young Member’s Board, together they used an Instron ElectroPuls testing system to tensile test the properties of recycled plastic specimens. They calculated the young’s modulus and ultimate tensile strength of the plastic to determine if it would be strong enough for Busy Lizzie’s new casing.
On Thursday Lizzie helped Lottie and Instron software engineers code a new calculation for Instron’s WaveMatrix software, the calculation will help Instron customers comply to a new testing standard.
Lottie and Lizzie ended the week on the Instron factory floor, helping hydraulic fitters to assemble a 250kN testing grip, they even got to operate a crane to ensure the grip was lifted safely.