More than a hundred students from Hugh Baird College visited the Royal Research Ship Discovery this week as part of the National Environmental Research Council’s (NERC) celebration of science and engineering, ‘Into the Blue’.

RRS Discovery was docked at Liverpool’s Waterfront for a four day event to show off the amazing environmental science and engineering she does.

The group of 14-19 year olds, all studying on engineering and electrical courses at the College’s Port Academy Liverpool, were given an exclusive tour of the vessel to get an insight into what they do. They were able to meet some of the ship’s crew and world-renowned scientists and find out about the unique marine science equipment and technology used to undertake environmental research on behalf of the UK.

There were exhibits showcasing everything from the history of Liverpool tidal prediction to the discovery of new species of crab and the latest satellite oceanography. The students were also able to get hands-on with research themselves by having a go at a whole range of experiments such as looking at the effects of pressure in the ocean, coastal flooding and erosion.

For the engineering students, meeting the ship’s Chief Engineer was one of the highlights. Jake Henderson is on the Level 2 Diploma in Engineering and said:

“There was so much to see on board and it was good to be able to ask the crew questions about what they do. Being able to actually look in the engine room and hear from the Chief Engineer was definitely one of the best bits but I was also interested in how they can predict coastal tides to help with placement of wind farms. The visit has really opened my eyes to the variety of careers my course could take me into.”

Lecturer in Engineering, Pat Link, said:

“This was a fantastic opportunity to see a working research vessel and find out about the valuable environmental science being conducted by the NERC. The students came back to College with a renewed enthusiasm for the science behind their engineering course. Much of the research they heard about on board will be useful background for some of the engineering projects they’ll be working on, particularly around renewable energy.”

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