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Aspire-CREATe Work Experience Blog

3 June 2019

Rohan Sekhri shares his thoughts on his work experience placement at the RNOH with the Aspire-CREATe team.

Rohans project

During my summer holidays, I was fortunate to spend a week at UCL’s Aspire CREATe labs at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. It was a fantastic week where I was able to talk and learn from all of the PhD and master’s students about their projects. Particular highlights include observing a neuroscience experiment, seeing an exoskeleton and using a smart wheelchair. As well as this, I was also able to partake in a project of my own. Having been given an Arduino kit at the start of the week I had to understand how the system worked to complete a small project. An Arduino is a single board microcontroller – simpler than a Raspberry Pi. Having only used Arduino kits once or twice before, I found it challenging at first, but with help from my mentor Tijana I soon began to make sense of the programming language and how to build the circuits. By the end of the week I was able to build a ‘magic eight ball’ using an LCD screen and a tilt switch. I subsequently used an Arduino kit to build an autonomous car that is able to detect obstacles and avoid them!

The week in the labs was incredibly useful for me as it helped me confirm my A-level choices and it also gave me a taste of what research is like. As a result of my work experience I am now studying Chemistry, Biology, Maths A-level and Further Maths AS at Stowe School and I have developed a keen interest in neuroscience and biochemistry. I hope to study Natural Sciences at university and perhaps pursue a career in research.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Aspire-CREATe team and would like to thank everybody there for their warm welcome and hospitality. It was a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend it to anybody remotely interested in science. I was always interested in science however seeing the incredible application and use of scientific principles in everyday life persuaded me into taking science A-levels, a decision I have not regretted.