Widening Participation is in the early stages of this year's recruitment campaign for On Track to Bath.

On Track to Bath is a free two-year curriculum enhancement programme for Year 12 A level students who attend local schools and colleges. Successful applicants who meet our criteria regularly visit campus, usually on a Wednesday afternoon, to take part in research project workshops. The first year culminates with a four-day residential on campus where the students study and live just like an undergraduate.

The students can choose from five subject tracks which include Science, Social Sciences, Languages, Business, Economics & Entrepreneurship (formerly Business & Entrepreneurship) and Computer Science & Electronics (formerly Computer Science).

This year the Computer Science track, led by Dr Jo Hyde, the Co-ordinating Tutor, was expanded to include Electronics, to form a Computer Science and Electronics track. We have been working with Dr Matthew Cole from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, who joined the University this year from Cambridge University and is the youngest person ever to be made a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. The students on this Track have been using Arduino devices to create an artefact of their choosing, expanding both their knowledge of electronics and programming and giving them the experience of an extended project in a university environment.

The Business & Entrepreneurship track has also been expanded to include Economics following student requests.

If you are interested in contributing to the Electronics element of the Computer Science track, in the first instance, please email Sue Dimond the WP Outreach Officer responsible for liaising with the Faculty of Engineering & Design on S.C.Dimond@bath.ac.uk

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