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3D Future

We’ve been awarded a grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering to run 3D-printing events here at UCLan.

The project will include events that take place out and about within the community. We’ll also hold workshops on campus at the UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre for school groups and girl guides.

The grant will give people the chance to have a go at 3D printing for themselves. We will be visiting local cafes and bars as well as taking the 3D printers into museums with engineers on hand to chat with people about what they do.

Dr Hadley Brooks, Lecturer in Engineering, who will be involved in delivery some of the events, said:  “3D printing is going to be one of the most important technologies of the 21st century, shaping all industries from health, transport, sporting goods, machinery and electronics. I am excited about the opportunity to show future inventors the power of this technology with hands-on demos, and by presenting cutting edge research from UCLan and around the world.”

3D printing has huge potential for the future and so we are also going to be asking people to submit their own 3D printing designs via social media so we can make them. We will also be creating short videos starring engineers setting small engineering challenges you can try at home. Watch this space for more info on how you can get involved and have a go at 3D-prinitng for yourself.

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#ShareMyThesis Competition

• Are you currently studying for or have you completed a PhD degree?
• Do you want to tell the world why your research is important?

This worldwide competition challenges PhD students past and present to tweet in 140 characters why your PhD research is so important. You should tweet should include the hashtag #sharemythesis

Your tweet should include what your research is about, why it is important and should be understandable to a non-specialist. The competition is open to worldwide entries from any subject area.

The winner will receive a 15-inch MacBook pro. Second prize is an iPad and third prize a £200 Amazon voucher.

Your tweet should be sent by 9th February 2015 at 10.00am and the winner will be announced by 20th March 2015.

Lancashire Science Festival fun at Open Day – Nov 14

Lancashire Science Festival added a splash of yellow to Open Day’s showcase floor on Saturday 15th of November. The team wore their famous bright yellow t-shirts, put up the yellow gazebo, fairy lights and were ready for action! Lots of visitors wanted to know more about the festival, and how they could get involved.

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After collecting some local pond water the morning of the Open Day, the team put droplets of the water under microscopes for the public to examine what algae looks like close up. On the whole the public were shocked at how intricate and interesting the algae was under the microscope. We then asked people to create the algae in green plasticine and hang it in our fish tank. This was (as you can imagine) incredibly popular with the younger visitors, engaging them with science and letting them get hands on creativity.

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Amazon vouchers could be won, by telling us your favourite/worst part of science, or what you love/would like to see at Lancashire Science Festival on luggage tags and adding them to our science tree.

We had some great entries, such as:

‘‘Life is like a proton, stay positive’’

‘’I want more robots in science’’

Overall the team had a fantastic day, enthusing, engaging and exciting the public with science!

Jo and Jen Selfie

First EngageUCLan forum

So this week we held our first informal, drop-in discussion forum around public and community engagement, which was so well attended we ran out of seats- fantastic. Great to see that UCLan is engaged with the idea of engagement 🙂

Fuelled by coffee, rocky road cake and mini gingerbread men, the forum generated some super new ideas and interesting and provocative feedback on EngageUCLan’s plans for implementing the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research. We even managed to match make some ideas with skills on the ‘lonely hearts board’. Move over Cilla (now I’m showing my age).

Watch this space for more on plans for a STEM Women Photoshoot and the next Lancashire Science Festival, which is going EXTREME for 2013

Engage UCLan- let’s get it started

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I’ve been the ‘public engagement person’ for a little while now, and things are going well. Our researchers are really getting into the spirit of public engagement, in all its many shapes and sizes. Some highlights:

  • The Lancashire Science Festival- 5000 visitors, great feedback, a perception-changing milestone of an event for UCLan
  • The Science of Superheroes lecture, where engineering meets comic book enthusiasm, taken out onto the road to a comic book convention
  • The more joined-up nature of things. Cross-institutional, cross-community working. Shared ideas, challenges, projects, cake.
  • Institutional buy-in. Senior management commitment.

It would be fair to say that there is some real momentum now. So I’m pleased to open up the Engage UCLan forum. An informal drop-in session, on a Wednesday afternoon, for conversation over coffee and cake. All welcome to discuss anything at all around public and community engagement. Yes, I did say there would be cake.

Tweet me if you want to come along @microjology

I’ll post a synopsis of the discussion here.