Gifted children introduced to Marine Technology
The faculty building, which had been somewhat empty during the summer holiday, was enlivened by the visit of 40 enthusiastic children of above-average intelligence. The group was given an interactive introduction to the world of Marine Technology.
How can a ship sail without a captain in the future? What is the effect of high waves on a floating structure? The children and young people, between the ages of 9 and 14, were first given a tour and demonstration of the RAS laboratory and towing tank. They asked critical questions about, among other things, the operation of a battery-powered vessel and the benefits of autonomous sailing.
It was wonderful to see these young people working together so enthusiastically. That’s usually quite a challenge for them.Facilitator
In the second half of the morning, the children were given the opportunity to work themselves. After a theoretical explanation of buoyancy and stability, they were allowed to try their hand at designing a floating wind turbine using simple materials. They enthusiastically came up with various creations using paper cups and skewers. The group that built the structure with the greatest moment of force was declared the winner.
For 17 years, AntrAciet has been running a summer camp in Delft for (highly) gifted children and young people. A fun, relaxing week of holidays to give gifted people insight into their own thoughts and feelings, allow them to discover their talents, remove obstacles and create opportunities. During the rest of the year, the educational consultancy also provides schools and parents with answers to questions about what it is like to be gifted. With a good self-image as a foundation, gifted students can develop positively and fully, and make the most of their talents.
I didn’t expect such a simple design adjustment to make such a huge difference to the stability.Pupil