TECH LABS

 Additive manufacturing (3D) Lab

Design, manufacturing, and mechanical evaluation of 3D printed structures.

Objective:

In this course, the whole process of polymeric pieces development will be carried out by the students. It includes the design of complex structures using commercial Computer Aided Design software, the use of different polymeric 3D printers (from home-user to industrial machines), and the mechanical characterization of the material, including the testing of the structures under different loading conditions until the failure of the material.

Task for students:

The students will collaborate to develop different designs, in order to obtain the most optimized structure. These structures will be manufactured by 3D printing.

Finally, they will be tested in order to analyse their mechanical behaviour and understand which designs are better.

 

Cybersecurity Lab

A short introduction to cybersecurity for pre-college students.

Objective:

Students will be introduced to the field of cybersecurity stating its goals, main areas and challenges. Afterwards, students will put into practice some of the learned concepts with hand-on lab activities.

Task for students:

Teachers will explain the concepts using rigorous but accessible language and teaching-style. Then, in the mini hands-on labs, students will capture unprotected traffic directed to a web server, followed by some modern-crypto activities.

 

 Robotics Lab

Micro-robotic workshop

Objective:

The workshop consists of learning basic robotics with a low-cost mobile robot, equipped with servo motors, to solve a proposed problem of navigation by a simple route. Students will learn to work in groups solving problems with concepts of distances, time and speed.

Task for students:

Students will compete on which robot performs the task in the most efficient way. It is aimed at science and technology students with or without very basic programming concepts.

 

Biomedicine Lab

Surgery of the future: surgical guidance and augmented reality.

Objective:

Biomedical engineering is currently transforming and enhancing the healthcare services. The aim of engineers is to aid the surgeons to follow more precise methodologies and achieve better outcomes for the patient. In this practice, the students will have the opportunity to learn how to work with medical images and develop state-of-the-art technologies to simulate surgeries in two different human phantoms.

Task for students:

Each student will have a computer to follow the activity. First, the students will receive a brief talk to understand the various lines of work of biomedical engineers. They will learn how to work with medical images in a medical software. Finally, the students will deploy two different applications for surgery and test them on two different human phantoms. These technologies will be based on image-guided surgery and augmented reality.

Tech Labs