Real Voices interview: Tal

Meet Tal, who is now studying Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies at university

Illustration of Tal
Credit:

Illustration © Lyndon Hayes

What subjects did you study at post-16?

Physics, Maths, Design, AS Business Studies.

What was your extended project?

Bridging the digital divide through the use of airborne wi-fi and mobile data platforms.

How did you plan your project?

It was very fluid. I set major deadlines and milestones but the timeline for how those were to be achieved was constantly shifting as new challenges arose.

The basic design for my artefact was a tethered balloon capable of carrying a wi-fi or mobile data transmitter at a certain altitude. I spent a lot of time planning it on paper before thinking about materials. I sketched schematics of potential designs and used computer simulations to test them before settling on one I liked. Issues I had not foreseen when building the balloon meant re-designing certain aspects.

How did you present your work?

As a design student, I found it easiest to create a portfolio that meant I could put text and images side by side. I found it easier to work on paper, then scan it in and annotate it digitally. Some people may like this method, though others might want to have data and images separate. Write in a way that’s most comfortable to you and allows you to fully express what your idea is about.

Where are you now?

I am studying Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies at the University of Hertfordshire.

About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects’ in June 2015.

Topics:
Careers, Biotechnology and engineering
Issue:
Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects
Education levels:
16–19, Independent research projects