• Question: What is ur favourite thing to build

    Asked by date1ape on 7 Mar 2024. This question was also asked by GeorgeP, Eryn.
    • Photo: Rachel Edwards

      Rachel Edwards answered on 7 Mar 2024:

      I spend some of my time building electronics – we make sensors called electromagnetic acoustic transducers, which we make by winding wire into differently shaped coils and adding magnets. They are essentially speakers like in your phone or radio, but work by using something metal like a railway track as part of the speaker. We use them to make really high frequency sound waves in the metal (ultrasound), and then look at how it travels through the metal – because if there are any cracks or corrosion, we can see it changing how the sound travels.

      Outside of work I love making things too – mostly sewing clothes or making jewellery.

    • Photo: Sandra Robertson

      Sandra Robertson answered on 8 Apr 2024:

      When i was younger my favourite thing to build was Lego. I had a 10 litre tub of bricks which we kept long after I was ‘too old’ to play with it. It was great fun being able to bring it back out for my nephews and nieces when they became old enough to enjoy it. At work I now use the ‘spaghetti tower challenge’ using uncooked spaghetti, string, tape and a marshmallow – to see who can build the tallest tower. This can get really competitive!

    • Photo: Cliff Williams

      Cliff Williams answered on 10 Apr 2024:

      Well in my spare time I can really enjoy cooking delicious dishes for myself and other to enjoy.
      I believe that cooking involves a huge amount of science but it is also very creative. Like music it is one of the areas where Science and the Arts come together.

    • Photo: Amber Villegas - Williamson

      Amber Villegas - Williamson answered on 12 Apr 2024:

      My favourite thing to build when the sun is out is things for my garden like planters or bird houses. I also build more arty things using online programs for friends such as wedding invitations and menus.
      Inside the house I’m currently refitting my kitchen (hard work but totally worth it) and managing to save £££ doing it myself.

    • Photo: Kevin Burke

      Kevin Burke answered on 18 Apr 2024:

      I really enjoy working as an aerospace engineer – where I am part of a big team (usually an international team), and we design and build aircraft. Its a great feeling to see ‘your’ aircraft fly, or sometimes actually fly on board.

    • Photo: Sarah-Jane Potts

      Sarah-Jane Potts answered on 17 May 2024:

      I love designing and building lots of things. I really enjoy making my screen-printed solar panels and many other types of printed electronics. However, my favourite thing is my minature energy generating playground kit. I designed and made these to take into schools so that pupils could get to put together these minature swings, seesaws and carousels which make energy to light up a bulb every time the minature lego person plays on them. Those were really fun to come up with and were produced on my 3d printer at home, using recycled plastic filament. These kits have toured wales and have been assembled by over 650 students so far.

    • Photo: Caroline Roche

      Caroline Roche answered on 7 Jun 2024:

      I like building robots (e.g. Lego Mindstorms) and then programming them to do things, even if it is just doing a patrol around my house plants.