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Making Waves…

Unity College recently welcomed BAE systems, the Royal Navy and the RAF.

Together we explored the world of waves – not just waves on water, but light and sound waves too.

We examined how engineers and scientists use their understanding of the different kinds of waves to create sophisticated communications systems, optical devices and ships and submarines that can withstand the crushing pressures of the waves in the sea.

We observed demonstrations and activities that helped students understand the similarities and differences between sound, water and light waves. We also looked at examples from within BAE Systems, the RAF and the Royal Navy, where knowledge of different wave types is exploited by engineers to solve problems.

Unity College students were invited to participate in the experiments; they made some strange sounds using unconventional instruments; they also discovered how light waves can actually make objects disappear!

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