Welcome to the Science Gala! University of Warwick

Welcome to the Science Gala!
University of Warwick- Science Concourse
Wednesday 31st January 2018
Seats allocated on a first come first served basis.
For Key Stage 2 (Ages 8-12 years) 5:30-6:00pm L3
Ally Caldecote ‘Funky Physics’
For Key Stages 3 and above (12yo and above) 6:00-6:50pm in L5
Natacha Borrel and Lucy Hong 'XMaS Scientist Experience'
Alice Stamp and Nikita Channa ‘Life as a Physics Student’
Nicholas Jackson ‘Error correcting codes’
For Key Stages 3 and above (12yo and above) 7:00-8:00 in L3
Pam Thomas
Tim Martin and Kate Shaw 'Virtual visit to ATLAS at CERN'
For Key Stages 3 and above (12yo and above) 7:30-8:30 in PLT
Don Pollacco ‘Exoplanets and the search for life in the universe’
Linkup with La Palma telescope
All our tours have limited availability and are on a first come first served basis. Please queue up
in the designated area.
Physics Teaching Laboratories – duration approximately 15 minutes – suitable from KS3
Chemistry Department – duration approximately20 minutes - suitable from KS3
Chemistry Laser Laboratories - duration approximately15 minutes - suitable from KS3
Spaces allocated on a first come first served basis.
For Key stages 1 and above – 5:00-8:30, 15 minutes/show, room PS1.28
Planetarium 'Join us in our journey to the centre of our galaxy, a show to discover
how astronomers investigate what lies at the heart of the Milky Way using powerful
For Key stages 1 and 2 – 5:00-8:30, 20 minutes/workshop, room B201 (Workshops
will run every half-hour)
Moving Science workshop: Flux's Moving Science workshops are an exciting mix of
movement and science!
For Key Stage 2 and above – 5:00-8:30, 20 minutes/show, room B203 (Shows will run
every half-hour)
National Physical Laboratory, Andrew Hanson: Be ready for cloudy spills and
thrills in the Liquid Nitrogen Science Show!
Exhibition Stands
The student winners of XMaS Scientist Experience 2017 will share
their experiences of winning the competition to visit XMaS at the
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). They will discuss
what they have learnt and give details of this year’s competition,
which is now open.
Sneeze Zone: a sneezing range will set up on the day where kids
have the opportunity to use a sneeze gun. This highlighted the
importance of covering your mouth and nose when sneezing to
prevent the spread of illness
At the Astronomy stand, get a taste of the research completed by
the Astronomy group in Warwick, Europe's most successful user
of the Hubble Space Telescope. Current researchers will be on
hand to answer your questions on topics ranging from the
destruction of distant planets by white dwarfs in our own Galaxy
to the brightest and most powerful explosions in the Universe!
A Song of Atoms and Ice: Molecular Simulations tell their Stories
Chem Soc
From the freezing of water into ice, to the dynamics of proteins
in our own cells, it is all about molecules: what do they look like,
how do they move? Challenging questions, but fear not!
Molecular simulations (sometimes) do have the answers… in fact,
you just need a laptop to do BIG science!
ChemSoc is a student run society who have a dedicated outreach
team. With regular visits to primary and secondary schools, we
hope to inspire the future generation to study chemistry.
On our stand, we have some of our favourite experiments – a dry
ice demonstration, milk art, mini volcanoes, non-Newtonian
liquids and fruit batteries. We also have a chance for you to
explore our undergraduate teaching lab as well as a lasers
research lab!!
Research at the Centre for Fusion, Space, and Astrophysics (CFSA)
focuses on plasma physics applied to the grand challenges of
magnetic and inertial fusion power, space physics, solar physics,
and astrophysics. Visit us to learn what it's like to be a researcher
in the field of plasma physics, see the latest movies and images of
the Sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and make your
own magnetic sunspot.
How do we feel about touching soil?
Come along and confront your fears – or let us know if you’re
never happier than when up to your elbows in mud!
Centre for
the History
of Medicine
Science and
Sophie Greenway’s PhD research: ‘Growing well: Dirt, Health and
the Home Gardener 1930-70’ is based in the Centre for the
History of Medicine. She uses evidence from twentieth century
media to explore how hygiene in the home was linked to
modernity, and to consider what impact this had on how British
people used their gardens. Today’s activity challenges us to think
about our relationship with soil today – it is ‘dirty’, but it provides
fresh and healthy food. Have we become so detached from the
soil that we struggle to truly value it?
The Diamond Science and Technology Centre for Doctoral
Training researches many fascinating properties of diamond,
ranging from the creation of synthetic diamond to using it to
clean up contaminated water. On our stand you will get to
witness some of the remarkable material properties by wielding
man-made diamonds, and begin to interact with diamond in
ways which will be sure to surprise you!
Energy GRP
The rise in the global demand for energy requires profound
changes in the way in which it is produced and utilised. Such
changes are vital if ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse
gas emissions are to be achieved. 'Energy' is one of the University
of Warwick’s research priorities and we are addressing global
challenges through our world-class multi-disciplinary research.
Our display will focus on the science of solar energy generation.
Come and try our engineering challenge for 11-14 year olds.
Design and build a package that will hold life-saving food.
Your package must be strong enough to be dropped from a 2metre height without breaking.
There are lots of different materials to choose from but we want
you to try and make the most cost effective package you can.
The best designs will be cheap and strong.
Be Creative! Be an Engineer!
Engineers Without Borders Warwick are a student run society for
anyone who is interested in International Development and
Renewable Technologies. Through engineering solutions we
serve the needs of disadvantaged communities all over the
world. Our stand will present some of the amazing projects we're
running this year on campus.
Also power our bike for your free smoothie!
Staff and students are researching various issues around
sustainability, be that energy generation or how manmade
climate change might affect our world. We all have a part to play
in making a positive impact, so come along to learn about some
of the simple actions you can take and also learn what is truly at
Come and Move Science with FLUX Dance! Moving Science
Workshops are a innovative, creative and fun way to explore
STEM subjects. See the science of forces come alive through
kinaesthetic learning and get dancing with code! We promise lots
of games, creativity and fun. Workshops are suitable for students
aged 5 – 11 years old.
The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with
over 168,000 members in 150 countries. It is also the most
multidisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of
engineering in the 21st century.
Come and make some real lightning, measure voltage, try out our
table-tennis ball launcher and our burglar alarm, or solve the
maths behind the card trick!
iGEM is a synthetic biology competition, which was established
by MIT in 2003. 300 teams from around the world spend their
summers building and testing their projects, before gathering to
present their work and compete in Boston, Massachusetts.
Teams usually consist of engineers, biologists, chemists, and even
the odd humanities student! This highlights the fact that
synthetic biology is a truly interdisciplinary field.
Come and talk to members of the 2017 Warwick iGEM team
about last year's project and discuss some of the exciting genetic
engineering applications in use today."
The Imagineering Foundation is an independent education
charity that aims to enthuse and nurture young engineers of the
future. Its main activities are after-school Imagineering Clubs for
8-13 year olds, public events, such as the Imagineering Fair,
special projects on behalf of engineering companies and inschool challenges demonstrating the applications of technology.
At the XMaS Science Gala, the Imagineering display focuses on
computer controllable robotic vehicles and electricity generation
from renewable energy.
Manufacturing GRP
The Innovative Manufacturing Global Research Priorities core
areas of Circular Economy, Agri-Manufacturing, Industrial
Biotechnology and Industry 4.0, are all aligned to both national
and international priorities for industry and society. This GRP
brings together engineers, chemists, physicists, computer
scientists, mathematicians, statisticians and life scientists to
position Warwick as a global centre of excellence in the
multidisciplinary research that underpins these innovative
manufacturing priority areas.
Come and visit our area and experience some of our associated
initiatives. Sponsoring student interns and projects brings theory
to life…..can you make an eco-friendly and cost effective crash
structure to protect an egg dropping at high speed??? Think of a
driver in a high speed racing car!!
Institute of
The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific society. It is a
charitable organization with a worldwide membership of more
than 50,000, working together to advance physics education,
research and application.
This stand will welcome all age groups and interest levels - from
doing fun little experiments to receiving advice on your university
or career options. Or maybe you would like to sign up as a
Society of
Visit the pop-up Lanchester Interactive Archive where you can
have a taste of the full exhibition and discover more about this
little-known local hero. Genius and engineer Frederick Lanchester
is probably best known for creating the first all-British fourwheeled motor car in 1895 and his hundreds of patents for
concepts like turbo-charging, four-wheel drive and aeroplane
winglets are still in use today.
See Lanchester's ideas come to life through amazing augmented
reality; explore the online archive of unique sketches and patents
that shape our lives today; play our games, challenging your
engineering, flying and driving skills and find out more about the
full exhibition and the link with STEM subjects today in Coventry
University’s Lanchester Library.
Come and meet Medical Mavericks where you can get a print out
of an ECG from your heart (that is the wavy line you see on TV
hospital dramas), get a picture of the inside of your eye - take on
an iPhone (get it... eye phone!) and for you younger visitors you
can discover if you are going to grow taller with an ultrasound
machine. All this is mixed in with loads of fab info careers in the
NHS that you have never heard of before!
NPL is the UK’s National Measurement Institute building the
most accurate measuring instruments on earth. Some of their
cool science really does need to be done at low temperatures so
we have some incredibly low temperature liquids, one of which
we will have fun with today. Be ready for cloudy spills and thrills
in the Liquid Nitrogen Science Show!
Hi there, we are Warwick Physics Society. We are an academic
society at Warwick focused on providing a friendly and
productive atmosphere for students in the physics department.
The physics society runs help and revision sessions as well as
organising social events for students. Some of our events include
bowling, laser quest, frequent talks from leading physicists, a
joint spring ball with BioSoc, themed nights out, trips to scientific
institutions and much more!
Come and find out where studying chemistry can take you.
Discover the properties of different types of plastics, why are
they like this? Identify different types of plastic using high-tech
infra-red equipment and talk to our scientists about what it’s like
to be working on materials of the future.
School of
School of
Sciencegrrl is passionate about celebrating women in science and
passing on the love of science to the next generation. We try to
teach science concepts in a fun and interesting way. Today,
children would get to know about natural selection. Children
would be able to understand why some species get extinct and
why some take over the world??
STEMtastic is an education consultancy with a focus on Science,
Technology, Engineering and Maths founded by Kirsty
Bertenshaw. STEMtastic aims to initiate or develop a school's
STEM provision by integrating a well planned and resourced
programme of inter and extra- curricular activities, training staff
and demonstrating good practice. As each school’s requirements
are different, STEMtastic offer a bespoke service to meet your
Catalytic synthesis of value-added chemicals from renewable
biomass is an important way to reduce current dependence on
fossil-fuel resources and reduce the carbon footprint of chemical
industry. In this regard, heterogeneously catalysed reactions will
play a major role in the processing of the platform molecules to
valuable chemicals, biofuel and biopolymer precursors by means
of aqueous-phase processing and environmentally sound
methodologies. Here we will present how our novel materials
enhance the efficiency of biomass conversion, and we will show a
state-of-the art in-situ characterisation technique with X-Ray
Absorption Spectroscopy to further our understanding on the
fundamental principles of the structure activity relations of these
Fights, traders, castles, sieges and war. Mongol hordes, gerbils,
rats, boats and fleas. The participants in the entry of plague into
Europe and Asia in the mid 14th century make a surprising cast.
The result of this interaction killed around 200 million people.
Using jelly babies, catapults and castles you’ll reenact part of this
story. Come and find out about the causes, biology and spread of
this most famous of pandemics. What are the chances of Yersinia
pestis and the Black Death returning? @SLSOutreachWrwk”
ary Centre
Sub Team
The tiniest organisms can have the biggest impact. Discover how
scientists at Warwick are fighting bacteria that are resistant to
antibiotics. Explore the targets of antibiotics with our virtual
reality demonstration, and see the bacteria for yourself at the
microscope station.
Biological Circuits – where’s the logic?
The concepts behind electronic logic gates are being used in
biology. By doing so, scientists are better able to control how
cells behave. In fact, doing so allows scientists to programme
cells in the same way computers can be programmed. Come
along to make your own OR, AND and NOR logic gates, and hear
how they work in cells.
Come along and find out about 3D printing. See a 3D printer in
action and have a go at using 3D CAD software used to produce
digital design files for 3D printing.
Interested in Formula 1, motorsport, and racing? Visit Warwick
Racing for the exciting opportunity to see our Formula Student
vehicle, built and raced around the world by students here at
the university.
Earn yourself a prize in our hands-on pit stop activity, where
you and your team will have to change a wheel as quickly as
possible! Prizes will be awarded to lightning-fast performances.
We are the 2017/18 Warwick Mobile Robotics (WMR) team. A
diverse group of 7 MEng students from the University of
Warwick designing and building an Urban Search and Rescue
Robot. WMR is a research group at the University of Warwick
specialising in the development of urban search and rescue
robots for use in surveillance, disaster zones and safe
monitoring of hazardous sites? Come and control a Robot.
The Warwick Sub project comprises nine students in their third
and fourth year of Engineering. Their challenge each year is to
design, build and market a human-powered submarine, with
the view of competing against other universities on the
international stage. In June 2017, the Team will be entering
their submarine in the International Submarine Races (ISR).
Attendees will discover the vital concept of ‘neutral buoyancy’.
They will start off with a material that sinks and have to make
it sit perfectly in a column of water without sinking or
Please pick up a pen and sticky note and leave your feedback on our feedback wall.
Thank you for attending and to all the helpers that made this event possible.
And special thank you to our sponsors:
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