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TMC back to high school again this year

For the third time running, at the request of the Griftland College in Soest, TMC introduced some 40 fourth-year pupils of pre-university education to the world of engineering again this year. Ron van Nuss (TMC Civil Engineering), the instigator of this annual event, Rob van de Pijpekamp (TMC Mechatronics) and Nao (the special guest of the day) once again gave a terrific talk on engineering.

Fourth-year pupils find themselves at that crossroads in life when they have to make choices for the future. These pupils have already elected to take engineering classes, but engineering offers such diversity in job opportunities in such a wide range of sectors, that it can be hard for them to make the right choices.TMC wants to do its part by telling these young people about all the possibilities and opportunities that are out there for them, in the engineering world. Ron kicked off by explaining who we are and what TMC does in the engineering sector. To support our story we used the TMC film. Not the latest version of the film, but the previous one, as that one illustrates so clearly how engineering was once regarded and how it is viewed today. It demonstrated once again that it is people’s needs that incite people to fulfil those needs, most often through the use of engineering. That is why our motto “People//Drive//Technology” is valid not only now, but for the future as well.

Before Rob began his story he was given a special introduction to the group, by none other than Nao (humanoid robot). Nao introduced both himself and Rob by chatting with Rob and doing a jig or two. Rob’s story was on Mechatronics, in which he is a specialist. After explaining briefly what Mechatronics actually is, he moved on to the world of Robotics. Robotics doesn’t only have a pivotal role in the sector we can all envisage; unbeknownst to many, robotics also plays a crucial part in the healthcare sector. Nao is a prime example of this. A film was shown in which TNO conduct research in hospitals into how robots such as Nao can help chronically ill children cope with their illness, thus contributing greatly to the child’s treatment and offering support to the physicians. The next presentation was on Automotive and briefly highlighted the current development in driverless cars. At present these cars can already communicate together and respond to each other’s behaviour interactively. Taking the developments one step further could possibly mean that before too long we might be using this form of transport to get from A to B.

Engineering is incredibly wide-ranging and we could talk about it forever. By giving these talks in schools we hope to help young people in their decision-making process as they choose their course of study. The future is, for the larger part, determined by the current teenage generation. It is vital for this target group to be introduced to the world of engineering. We need the right technically skilled people in the right places. Could our future engineers be here, in this class?

Which brings us to our key question:

Ron van Nuss
Project leader/adviser Spatial Planning
TMC Civil Engineering

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