As part of TERRE’s aims and objectives the ESRs have been undertaking outreach activities, taking their enthusiasm for geotechnical research to young audiences.
In April 2017 the ESRs based at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde took part in Meet the Expert Sessions: 2017 Earth Day Special Edition, at Glasgow’s Science Centre.
The Session, part of a series of collaborations between the Glasgow Science Centre and STEM experts from across Scotland, provided an opportunity for members of the general public to interact with scientists from a broad range of STEM subjects. The day especially enabled children to develop and nurture their interests in the fields of STEM.
The TERRE ESRs offered hands-on demonstrations, successfully engaging the public with some fundamental concepts in geotechnical engineering and their impacts on the lives and future of the local people. The range of experiments on offer involved simple materials and concepts, designed in an attractive way, aimed to hook the attendees.
The familiar sight of sand castles, soil and mud drew children (of all ages!) to take part and get their hands dirty.
Regardless of age, our visitors went away enlightened about the significant messages the experiments demonstrated. And the ESRs had fun too.