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‘Prepare for an amazing day’ – taking science and engineering to our communities (part two)

Saturday 12th March sees the return of our award-winning Southampton Science and Engineering Day! This major public event will engage and inspire people of all ages with hands-on activities, shows and tours.

A fantastic 800 volunteers consisting of staff and student helpers will be opening up the university and the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering will make a significant contribution to the day.

Our displays will be showcasing exciting research and activities taking place in Electronics and Computer Science, the Optoelectronics Research Centre and our Physics and Astronomy department. Read on and discover what you can see as you prepare for an amazing day.

Future Worlds

Our SharkStream motion capture suit was a huge hit at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this January and will be on display in a live demonstration. Did you know this exciting new product, developed by the Future Worlds Incubator, has 17 sensor nodes and can perform up to a range of 250 metres?

Come and find Relationship Manager Alex Dunlop in Building 67 and hear about the exciting spinouts and startups that Future Worlds is supporting in Southampton.

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

There are a huge range of activities from ECS once again this year, with six out of the 15 attractions having been funded at a Faculty level as they have a heavy research focus. This will help us to get research into the public domain and give our community a positive realistic experience of research within ECS.

Many of the ECS stands will be based in Building 67 near the Highfield Transport Interchange on campus and will include Erica the Rhino and friends. You can come and take a wild selfie with the famous rhino and meet the robot that currently features on the front of the ECS prospectus.

Learn about Maths on the Move in an exciting stand covering our department’s PRiME project. Our demonstrators will be displaying methods such as Event-B to young people and explaining how it can be used in driving safety.

Are you interested in Wearable Technology and Musical Instruments? Don’t miss our stand linked to the CREATIF project which will be showing the future of wearable technology. There will be demos and activities on smart fabric musical instruments. You can also find out about Wearable Technology and Health at a special display related to how Medical Research Council-funded work in Southampton is making strides for stroke rehabilitation. We want to show you how healthcare can be revolutionised by smart fabrics.

Our Healthy Games stand, based on a PhD project on helping chronically ill children, will be demonstrating how young people can form healthy habits using games. Young people can also get coding using Microbits with at our Computing at Schools stand.

Families will be able to witness all our university’s fantastic society activities on the day too, with stands including the Robogals teaching youngsters how to code using robots, Student Robotics hosting a number of robot exercises, a rocket launch every hour from the Aerospace Society, hands-on fun from the Wireless Society, ever popular Mad Lab activities and a special treat for Minecraft fans.

Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC)

Head over to Building 53 – the striking Mountbatten building – where researchers from the ORC and the Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology group will offer guided tours around the university’s state-of-the-art cleanroom laboratories. This is where we make the next generation of electronics and photonics.

Talk to us and see what goes on inside the cleanrooms and why they need to be so clean. You can find out about future developments in the areas of healthcare, sensing and computing and see how we develop the optical fibres that make the internet possible and high power fibre lasers for manufacturing. Learn how silicon wafers are processed to make microchips and just for fun put on your own cleanroom suit. Discover how our researchers are making the building blocks for future quantum technology devices and make yourself a keyring made from a silicon chip.

Also on show will be the Optics and Photonics Society’s Lightwave group, which will offer the youngest a chance to get their hands on experiments to learn about Mirrors and Reflections, Sound and Light, Lenses, Optical Fibres and Telecommunications, The Electromagnetic Spectrum, Optical Illusions and The Eye. There will be a quiz and the chance to be entered into a raffle draw to win an Optical Sciences Kit!

Physics and Astronomy

A visit to Southampton Science and Engineering Day is not complete without a trip to view the dazzling Light Express show. The popular laser light display is created by powerful lasers not generally seen outside of research labs. Explore the physics of light and the science behind the internet developed at the University of Southampton in one of our three shows through the day in the Building 46 Lecture theatre A.

soton astrodomeLearn how to build a particle accelerator in the explosive and electrifying ‘Accelerate! particle physics show performing four times throughout the day in B46, Lecture Theatre B.

Visit the Astrodome – and find out more about astronomy in a fully immersive digital environment in one of our many Astrodome shows running through the day at Building 46 in the Level 5 Seminar Room. The University’s mobile astrodome is one of the south’s most advanced mobile planetariums.

There will also be hands-on physics activities with our Physoc society and a ‘Mothers and Daughters Careers in STEM’ Session run by Dr Dominic Galliano – SEPnet Outreach Director – assisted by the University of Southampton’s Women’s Physics Network.

‘Please come and visit’

Southampton Science and Engineering Day will run from 10.30am until 4pm, with last entry at 4pm. Admission is FREE at the Highfield and Boldrewood campuses, which will be connected by a special bus link. A range of catering outlets will be available and parking is free at the weekend on the Highfield Campus.

It’s going to be a busy day so please come to visit – this could not be done without our fabulous volunteers and researchers. You are all amazing!

Get in touch with Reena Pau

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Reena Pau

ECS Outreach Coordinator
University of Southampton

Reena inspires schoolchildren to engage with the world of technology as Electronics and Computer Science’s Outreach Officer. She feels passionately about increasing the number of women in science and engineering and has worked as a Diversity Consultant and a Technocamps Workshop Coordinator since completing a PhD at the University of Southampton.

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