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ECS activities in UK Science Week

Published: 3 March 2008

ECS is again this year contributing a range of popular activities to the University’s programme of events for National Science and Engineering Week.

The School will be offering a variety of activities at the University’s Science and Engineering Day, taking place on Saturday 8 March from 10.30 am to 4 pm in the Garden Court exhibition space at the Highfield Campus.

This event is specially designed for families and children of all ages. There will be fascinating demonstrations, exhibitions, and interactive displays and talks centering around six different themes: Space, Transport, Life, Light, Chemistry, and Technology.

ECS activities include: Madlab kit construction, where real electronic devices can be built; programming using Scratch, and Enhanced reality where you can design your own 3D object and take your software home.

Other activities include building a radio, including soldering the parts together, and testing that it works before taking it home; programming and operating a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner in our Robotics arena, and making your own computer games and taking them home.

In addition to this the School is also sponsoring a lecture jointly with the British Computer Society, for local sixth formers. Professor Dave Cliff of the University of Bristol will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the BCS by tracing the history of computation and looking forward to the future in ‘The Best is Yet to Come’, on Wednesday 12 March at 2 pm in the lecture theatre of Building 32. All are welcome to attend.

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