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Magnations: Magnetic Animations

Watch one of our videos from the Magnetic Animations project

This pilot project is a collaboration with a local primary school to develop exciting animations based on a variety of scientific and engineering topics.

The animations were made and developed by the children of Mount Stuart Primary School alongside academics from Cardiff University, local animators and industrial partners.

This project engaged staff and research students (MAGMA research group), industry representatives (Western Power Distribution and Rolls Royce) and local animators (Winding Snake) to carry out novel school workshops to teach twenty young people exciting new animation skills, for future career development, and support them to produce short animated videos based on the science of magnetic materials and future real-world applications.

The engineering animation topics developed included an Introduction to Magnets, Motors and Generators, Future Transport and Networks and Grids. The animations were created in English and Welsh.

The intention is to repeat these workshops annually in local primary schools to enthuse and excite the next generation of Engineers and encourage STEM topics. We actively develop our workshops to promote equality, diversity and inclusion to form a greater appreciation of the value of diverse Engineering teams and collaborations.

This pilot project showcases the novel future environmentally friendly solutions to the Energy and Transport crisis that are being researched and developed right now to encourage children to work together to build a green economy for the future.

Magnetic Animations (Magnations) was developed as part of the Innovation for All Cardiff University public engagement fund. This scheme is supported by Research Wales Innovation Funding (RWIF) from the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).

Visit our blog or contact the team to find out more:

Dr Phillip Lugg-Widger

Dr Phillip Lugg-Widger

Research Associate

+44 (0)2920 875125

Magnetic Materials and Applications Research Team (MAGMA)