Ciência Viva at IT: Where high-schoolers become telecommunication engineers for one week
by IT on 11-07-2018
Within the 22nd edition of the program “Ciência Viva no Laboratório - Ocupação Científica de Jovens nas Férias”, IT organised once again two internships, in Lisbon and Covilhã, with the aim of capturing the interest of high-school students for telecommunications. In both courses students were immersed in the research and development being done at IT, allowing them to “get into the skin” of telecommunications engineers and learn more about their daily activities.
In Lisbon, between 2-6 July, IT and IST hosted for the 7th time the INTELE (Introduction to Telecommunications). The trainees visited the laboratories, attended experimental sessions and set up "kits" for FM broadcast receivers and optical communications. As in previous editions, the hands-on activities like the assembling of the kits and the direct contact with the techniques of manufacture and testing of printed circuits were big favourites. Other activities such as the session “Desmistifying the Internet”, learning the theory about electromagnetic waves or the visit to the Faraday Museum also gathered the general enthusiasm of the young trainees.
In Covilhã, between 25-29 June IT and the Faculdade de Engenharia – University of Beira Interior (UBI) jointly organised the course “Initiation to Electronics and Telecommunications”. The trainees learned about the innovative applications of electronics and communication networks being developed in IT, as well as the main research and technological challenges for the development of mobile and wireless communications in the century XXI. In the activities that took place in the laboratory, trainees put theory to the test with the assembly of electronic kits, basic techniques of printed circuit production, experimental realization of received power measurements, binary output and other relevant measures in 4G and 5G mobile systems.