Roaming Speaker – various locations throughout the day!

Not too hot and not too cold


Katie Hassell
Senior Spacecraft Thermal Engineer – Airbus Defence & Space

  • Science
  • Engineering

Find out what it takes to keep the spacecraft Solar Orbiter cool.

Solar Orbiter is going closer to the Sun than we’ve ever sent anything before. It’s got a really weird orbit, travelling further out than Mars, so it will get both very hot and very cold.

Find out how we make sure nothing is too hot or too cold and about the science of this incredible mission.

Find out more about Katie.


SCHEDULED TALKS

All talks will be held in the Grace Hopper room on the 2nd Floor. There is no booking required, please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to secure your seat as we have limited spaces.

The following schdeule is subject to change.

10:30 – Mathematics of board games – Katie Steckles
11:00 – A Beginner’s Guide To Shipping Fun Things Quickly – Paul Curry
11:30 – Making a Star on Earth – Sarah Elmore
12:00 – Astro Pi – Marc Scott
12:30 – Help! There’s a Robot in my Classroom! – Steve Warburton
13:00 – Materials Engineering – CSI for Engineers – Melissa Gartside
13:30 – The Invisible Universe – Jen Gupta
14:00 – Making a Star on Earth – Sarah Elmore
15:00 – The Invisible Universe – Jen Gupta
15:30 – Reporting the Rosetta mission – Sue Nelson

Mathematics of Board Games


Dr Katie Steckles
Mathematician

  • Maths

Mathematician Katie Steckles will talk you some of the ways you can use mathematics to improve your board game playing.

Mathematician Katie Steckles, who’s also a massive fan of board games, will talk you some of the ways you can use mathematics to improve your board game playing – understanding probability, using combinatorics to work out the possibilities, and getting into your opponent’s heads with game theory.

Katie will also be taking part in the STEMettes panel workshop during the day.

Find out more about Katie.

A Beginner’s Guide To Shipping Fun Things Quickly


Paul Curry
Editorial Developer – BuzzFeed UK

  • Technology
  • Engineering

Are you building something topical and throwaway? Together we can get it out of the door on time.

Building formally tested things is hard. Building throwaway toys quickly and to schedule is often, surprisingly, harder. Let’s dive in to the world of fast shipping for mass-appeal web toys.

Find out more about Paul.

Making a Star on Earth


Dr Sarah Elmore
Edge Diagnostic Physicist – CCFE

  • Science
  • Engineering

What if we could harness the energy of a star to provide the world’s energy needs? Find out how we are building our own star on Earth!

Stars are hot, really hot! In space they are contained by their own gravity, but here on Earth we need to find a way to bottle all that energy. By using powerful magnetic fields we can hold our mini star long enough to harness its power. Find out how we manage all that heat in our machine.

Find out more about Sarah.

Astro Pi


Marc Scott
Head of Curriculum – Raspberry Pi Foundation

  • Technology
  • Engineering

Leading UK space organisations joined forces with British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake and Raspberry Pi to offer students a chance to devise and code their own apps or experiment to run in space.

Two Raspberry Pi computers were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of Tim’s 6 month mission and both will be connected to a new “Astro Pi” board, loaded with a host of sensors and gadgets. Marc will give you the behind the scenes on what it actually took to send Pis to space!

Find out more about Marc.

Help! There’s a Robot in my Classroom!


Steve Warburton
Principal – Greater Peterborough UTC

  • Technology
  • Engineering

An introduction to how robots give young people a great opportunity to take charge of their learning.

Using several humanoid robots – including the NAO and PEPPER robots – as well as Robotic kits from VEX and Lego, we will explore together (with student demonstrations) how young people can interact with these devices, program them and use them to solve challenges and problems.

Find out more about Steve.

Materials Engineering – CSI for Engineers


Melissa Gartside
Senior Materials Engineer –
Caterpillar

  • Science
  • Engineering

Why do things break and why is that important?

Understanding how materials behave and hence how they fail gives you the tools to become an engineering crime scene investigator (CSI).

Find out how to work out why it broke from skyscrapers to engines to space ships.

Find out more about Melissa.

The Invisible Universe


Dr Jen Gupta
SEPnet/Ogden Outreach Officer –
Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth

  • Science

Gazing at the night sky with our eyes or telescopes reveals twinkling stars and far away galaxies. But visible light is only a small part of the emission from some of these objects. In this talk I show views of the Universe at other wavelengths, from familiar objects like our Sun to weird and wonderful distant quasars, and explain some of the physics behind them.

Gazing at the night sky with our eyes or telescopes reveals twinkling stars and far away galaxies. But what we see is only a small part of the story. From radio waves to gamma-rays, the Universe is aglow with ‘light’ that we humans just cannot see.

Fortunately, we can build telescopes and instruments to detect this invisible light, revealing a view of the Universe that is hidden from our eyes. In this talk I will show you the Universe at other wavelengths, from familiar objects like our Sun to weird and wonderful distant quasars, and explain some of the physics behind them. Along the way I will touch on the stories of some of the pioneers in these areas of astronomy and astrophysics, who dedicated their careers to furthering our understanding of the invisible Universe.

Find out more about Jen.

Reporting the Rosetta mission


Sue Nelson
Science Producer and Broadcaster – Boffin Media

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Maths

Journalist Sue Nelson shares personal insights & scientific highlights from Rosetta’s audacious mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

A day after the Rosetta spacecraft lands on a comet and ends its mission, Sue Nelson arrives fresh from mission control in Germany to discuss the science, the scientists and the highlights of covering the Rosetta mission for the BBC, the Space Boffins podcast and the European Space Agency.

Find out more about Sue.