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Moa Sundqvist, Gustav Marklund,Frida Mårtensson & Emma Öberg succeed in constructing a wooden bridge
Moa Sundqvist, Gustav Marklund, Frida Mårtensson and Emma Öberg succeed in putting together a wooden arch bridge.

Träslaget 2013 - wood activities for high school students

Published: 22 February 2013

600 high school students in grade 8, from schools in Skellefteå, Malå and Norsjö, visited LTU in Skellefteå for Träslaget 2013. The activities were divided into two parts: research and a knowledge test. An extra task was about making a music video with the theme "Wood you rock".

PhD student Anders Berglund, Division of Wood Technology, explains saw simulation
PhD student Anders Berglund, Division of Wood Technology, explains saw simulation which ends with a competition.

– We want to show that technology is fun, says Olof Broman senior lecturer at the Division of Wood Science and Engineering at LTU, and responsible for Träslaget 2013. Students meet doctoral students, undergraduate students, professors and lecturers from several countries. By showcasing LTU:s research in wood, we want to create an interest in science, technology, and for further studies and of course also for the material wood.

By using different types of wood students create a xylophone - and play a song.
Using different types of wood students create a xylophone - and play a song. The master student Djordje Popovic from Serbia meet the students.

– Since the Skellefteå region is a leader in wood, both in terms of research and industrial development, we want to show the unique opportunities of wood material, says Olof Broman.

With the help of a 3D scanner wood researchers at LTU Skellefteå have scanned the Älvsbacka Bridge
With the help of a 3D scanner wood researchers at LTU in Skellefteå have scanned the Älvsbacka Bridge.

There was a great interest for this year's Träslaget 2013 among schools. The activities started in 2009 and for the second occasion in 2011 Träslaget was extended to two days because of the great interest. Each school participates for one day. The classes that are involved can win SEK 3000 per category, and a maximum of SEK 9000.

We in the eighth grade - with Teknikvännerna, Pär Forssell and Martin Eliasson
We in the eighth grade - with Teknikvännerna, Pär Forssell and Martin Eliasson

Träslaget is a collaboration between LTU in Skellefteå and the wood industry through the foundation Träenigheten and Teknikvännerna. The initiative is founded by EU and intends to awaken students interest in wood research and education programmes that focus on science, technology and wood.