Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Extreme Sports Engineering Team Support ‘Bungee off the Bridge’

13.10.2015

The Extreme Sports Engineering team at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has supported the “Bungee off the Bridge” charity event held by UK Bungee in Pembroke Dock last month.  

UK Bungee has been providing bungee jumps to thousands of people for 20 years. The Bungee Jump plunges from one of the UK’s most iconic structures – the Cleddau Bridge.

In addition to attending the main event, UWTSD hosted a workshop in the Pater Hall in Pembroke Dock to support the event.  It was an opportunity to discuss the weekend activities to approximately 60 16-18 year old school children from all over Pembrokeshire and apply Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) knowledge to explain the science of what is going on and the equipment used.  The team also supported the rest of the weekend, reviewing data acquisition footage taken from the jumpers during the decent.

The Extreme Sports Engineering course at UWTSD is the first course of its type and applies traditional Mechanical Engineering and STEM to Extreme Sports and Extreme Sports Equipment. Traditional engineering topics such as materials, manufacturing, stress analysis and fluid flow are brought into the 21st century and applied to this exciting new extreme sports industry. The course provides a unique degree programme in the UK specialising in the Engineering, Development and Optimisation of equipment for the Extreme Sports Industry.

Advances in equipment, materials and manufacturing techniques mean that sports that were seen as dangerous or ‘extreme’ until relatively recently are now becoming more main stream. This industry has significant opportunities for graduates with in depth knowledge of the science and manufacturing behind these sports.

For more information on the course at UWTSD visit http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/beng-extreme-sports-engineering/ 

For more information on the ‘Bungee off the Bridge’ charity event visit https://www.facebook.com/bungeeoffthebridge

 

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014