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RAEng 3D Future: Case Studies Needed with Free Training Available

demodayWould you like to inspire the next generation of engineers?

We’re looking for engineers to film and create short videos with which we can use to show young people the varied and interesting career paths in the field. As part of a Royal Academy of Engineering funded project, we’ll be running workshops about 3D-printing and engineering with young people aged 11-14 years.

Your video will be shown during the workshops and they will also be uploaded onto Youtube to act as an online resource. We’re looking for contributions from all fields engineering, not just 3D printing.

We will provide free public and engagement and science communication training for all those who would like to be involved. In the communication training we will focus on how to communicate each individual engineer’s area of work in an interesting way to a non-specialist audience, so you will be fully prepared to be filmed.

The training and filming dates are:

Monday 13th July 1-5pm

Book here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/raeng-3d-future-training-july-13th-2015-tickets-17027611043


Friday 24th July 9-1pm

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/raeng-3d-future-training-july-24th-2015-tickets-17027621073

Lunch will be provided and we can cover reasonable travel expenses.

For more information on the project and how to get involved please contact Liz Granger on 01772 89 4286 or egranger@uclan.ac.uk


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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In the run up to the UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre (YSC) official opening we asked people to share their memories from school science. The two most popular were the Screaming Jelly Baby and the Van der Graff generator. We could only pick one, so during the YSC launch we got out our trusty generator and demonstrated it with a group of local primary school students.

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During the event UCLan staff and students also performed their best science demos and competed to be the names the first ever winner of the UCLan and Ri YSC BestDemo Competition. The audience (local primary school students) voted for the winners were presented with their award by the Minister of State for School Reform, Nick Gibb MP. Watch the winning demo from Tracy Bradford and Steve Harris below.

UCLan and Ri official launch night in pictures

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe University of Central Lancashire has officially opened its state-of-the-art Young Scientist Centre (YSC) in collaboration with the Royal Institution here in Preston.

The centre, which is the first YSC outside of London, was opened by Jamie Edwards, a local school student and the youngest person in the world to carry out a nuclear fusion reaction along with Minster of State for School Reform, Nick Gibb.

A variety of experiments and demonstrations took place across the evening allowing guests to have a taste of the workshops the centre offers.


The YSC is a purpose built facility which will give young people greater access to STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) outside school allowing them to get hands-on with science through interactive workshops.


Dr Liz Granger, manager of the UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre, said: “At UCLan we are dedicated to providing an enriched experience and encouraging our students to immerse themselves in the world of science and technology, how it works and how this knowledge can be applied to later life. The YSC creates an exciting environment that will motivate young people to embrace STEM subjects before they consider career paths.” 

More images from the evening can be found on Flickr.

Check out some of the exciting activities that took place here:


An exciting explosion? A fascinating fact? An exceptional experiment? A daring demonstration?

At the UCLan and Ri YSC we want to hear about your most memorable experience in a school science lab.

In the lead up to our official opening, we are finding out the nations favourite science moments so that we can recreate some of them in the lab. Whether it was an experiment, a demonstration or that time the teacher blew off the school roof – we want to hear all about your science stories.

We hope to showcase the most memorable experiments to local primary school students in a science demo show that we will film and share with all of you.

Join the conversation by tweeting us @YSCUCLan using the hashtag #SciStories and share your experiences on our Facebook page.


Would you like to inspire the next generation of scientists, develop your communication skills, share your love of science, win £20 Amazon vouchers and be in with a chance of claiming ‘Best UCLan and Ri YSC Demo 2015’?

We challenge you to give a short 5 minute demo that engages and excites kids about science – any area, any aspect.

The competition is open to all staff and students, with training & support available to all participants. Enter either solo, as a pair or a group.

Five winners will be chosen to receive £20 Amazon vouchers and perform their demo in British science week to an audience of local primary school children. The ‘Best UCLan and Ri YSC Demo 2015’ chosen by the audience!

Important dates are:

Science communication training (optional) Tuesday 10th Fe5 winners chosen Thursday 26th Feb

Demo day during British Science week Thursday 19th March

This a unique and fun way of developing science communication skills, promoting your area of science and inspiring the next generation of scientists

Up for the challenge? Submit your entry by Friday 30th January. For more details or to discuss ideas email Sujata Patel at YSC@uclan.ac.uk