All generations are involved
All generations are involved, says Coralie Young.
The British Science Festival 2013
This year, the British Science Festival will be held in Newcastle, from 7-12 September. The Festival will feature hundreds of debates, displays, workshops, exhibits and lectures, taking place across the city. For more information on the events coming up, and how to book tickets, visit www.britishscienceassociation.org/british-science-festival.
Public Attitudes to Science 2014
The British Science Association, along with Ipsos MORI, has been commissioned by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, to carry out the fifth Public Attitudes to Science (PAS) survey.
The series of PAS surveys aim to examine what the UK public think about science, and science policy. It looks at the value the public really put on science, and what concerns they have about scientific developments and new technology, as well as the way science policy is created.
The Science in Society team at the Association will be using the work to question whether attitudes have changed in the ‘age of the geek’. They’ll be looking at the level of impact social media is having on public engagement with science, and asking whether the economic downturn has changed the way people see, and value, science.
The team will be running a blog throughout the study to engage scientists, science communicators and policymakers with these issues and more. Feedback on the blog will shape how we undertake PAS 2014, so please get involved, either at www.britishscienceassociation.org/pas2014, or join the discussion on Twitter using #pas2014.
National Science + Engineering Competition
The Finals of the National Science + Engineering Competition proved to be the biggest and best yet. The panel of expert judges, from across industry and academia, heralded them as a huge success. The competition saw more finalists than ever before, displaying projects from a wide variety of disciplines.
This year, we were delighted to be joined by a number of new prize sponsors, including UK Fashion and Textile Association to reward the best technical textiles project, EEF the manufacturers to celebrate a project that demonstrated innovative manufacturing, and IBM to identify a project that could help create a ‘smarter planet’. Next year we hope to expand the areas of science and engineering that we celebrate, and are always looking for suggestions for new prizes.
The finals, which were held at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, saw over 450 young people exhibiting their projects. Emily O’Regan (18), from Newcastle, was named the UK Young Scientist of the Year, after impressing judges with her project on the breeding habits of the endangered Chilean flamingos in captivity at a local wetlands centre.
Fred Turner (17,) from Brighouse, won the title of UK Young Engineer of the Year with his project Genetics at Home, which saw him build a fully working Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine which will allow anyone to carry out basic genetic tests at home, for a fraction of the cost of existing technology.
Entry is now open for 2013/2014, so if you know or work with young people who could become involved by doing a science, technology, engineering or maths project, let them know, and visit us online at www.nsecuk.org
National Science & Engineering Week
This year saw the 20th National Science & Engineering Week, which featured thousands of spectacular events up and down the country. Seventeen of these have been awarded coveted NSEW Events Awards, having been recognised by judges as some of the very best grassroots science and engineering events this year.
In addition to the local events, there have been over 20,000 entries in the national school competition, ‘What a waste’, and across the country, 500 schools in challenging circumstances received a grant of £200 to run activities during the week.