Secondary school students visit IMDEA Networks for a taste of the scientific world
02 January 2017
Right before the school Christmas holidays, on December the 16th, we received a special visit at the IMDEA Networks premises. Sixty secondary school students averaging 16 years of age and their teachers came to see what a research institute on communication networks is like.
These students are enrolled on the 1st year of preparation of a technology major at the Instituto de Educación Secundaria ‘Padre Juan de Mariana’, based in Leganés (Madrid). For several hours they participated in various activities organized by a team of our PhD Students. They were given an introduction about the work and objectives of IMDEA Networks, took a tour around the building and witnessed several technological demonstrations led by in-house researchers.
In a couple of years, most of these students will be applying for university degrees in engineering, in the area of informatics, telecommunications or related fields. The aim of this visit was to provide them with a first point of contact with the realities of the workplace. This experience allowed them to observe the everyday tasks of a research lab with an international team of scientists and get a feel for the world of work that awaits them in the not so distant future. Who knows? It might also tempt them to try a life in science!