Science & Technology

Co-ordinators Derek and Dorothy Morgan  Science&Technology
Telephone 01280 813 033
E-mail science.and.technology@buckinghamu3a.org.uk
Weekday Normally 1st  Wednesday of the month (see calendar below)
Time  2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Venue RLS Discovery Centre, Brookfield Lane, Buckingham.

Attendees will need to sign in at the main School Reception before coming over to the meeting. They must be accompanied, either a teacher or a sixth-former will be available.

Meeting Dates

Science & Technology Programme

Forthcoming meetings and planned topics are as follows – all to be held on the 1st Wednesday of the month at the RLS Discovery Centre, 2.00 p.m.

5th April 2017 – No meeting at RLS – School Easter Holidays. Visit to Frogmore Paper Mill is being arranged – please contact us for more details and to reserve your place.  Here’s the Mill web site: http://www.thepapertrail.org.uk/

A fascinating and instructive visit to the site of the first place in England where paper was made by machine. Thanks to Lesley Suggate for the pictures.

  

 

3rd May Nuclear Power – Past Present & Future – David Elliot (Renewable Energy, Open University) http://delliott6.blogspot.co.uk/

7th June – Harin Sellahewa (Buckingham University Applied Computing Department) “Biometrics: a journey from fingerprints to wearables”

https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/directory/dr-harin-sellahewa/

1st July – TBA

August/September – No meeting – School Summer holidays – re convene in October.

4th October – Development of 3D Printing (Georgina Holden, Senior Lecturer in Design and Innovation OU)  http://www9.open.ac.uk/mct-ei/people/georgina.holden

1st November – Radioactive Substances for Imaging (e.g. PET) (Dr. Liz Parvin, Honorary Associate, School of Physical Sciences at the OU) http://www.open.ac.uk/people/emp4

6th December – Pre-Christmas Meeting (Quiz/Members Topics for Discussion/Next year’s programme)

Past Meeting Topics:

Andrew Norton (Open University) “Exo-planets and how to find them”
Space Art More 60sec Movies Andrew Norton’s Website

Hisham al Assam (University of Buckingham Applied Computing Department) “Advanced Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence”
https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/directory/dr-hisham-al-assam/

About the group

This group is aimed at members with a general interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (past, present, and future developments). The main criterion for membership is an enquiring mind and a readiness to learn something new through interaction with others in the group; the usual format is to hold an informal meeting with speakers on relevant topics.

Further details available from Derek and Dorothy Morgan on 01280813033 or email

science.and.technology@buckinghamu3a.org.uk

Previous Visits

7th September – visit to Ardley ERF (energy from recycling) centre. We had a very enjoyable tour of the factory which takes non-recyclable household waste from the Cherwell area and converts it into energy.

Megalosaurus from Waste

“Meg” Megalosaurus from waste.

Science & Technology Group visits Ardley ERF

ardley

These links may be of interest to Buckingham area residents:

http://www.recycleforbuckinghamshire.co.uk/your-waste-service/

http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/environment/waste,-recycling-and-treatment/

6th April – We had a fascinating and enjoyable private guided tour of the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.  We thoroughly recommend a visit for insight into the developments in computing over the years; there’s something for everyone.  See links in Resources for more information

23rd May some members of the group visited Strakka racing near Silverstone http://www.strakkaracing.com. We were made most welcome and some of the more intrepid members were able to sample their simulator, a truly terrifying experience for me – I guess I’m too old.

Science&Technology

Resources

The RLS Discovery Centre has a series of Community Lectures being held on Wednesday evenings as detailed at this link:

www.royallatin.org/events

National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park; website is hereyou can book a public guided tour online.

You can see a video of Colossus on the Codes & Ciphers site, along with other interesting items about exhibits including the Robot “George”.

http://www.codesandciphers.org.uk/

We would also like to recommend a book called “The Innovators” by Walter Isaacson, which is subtitled “How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution”. It traces the development of computing from Ada Lovelace way back in the 1840’s right up to the last few years. Could be obtained from Amazon UK, or from other retail outlets including eBay.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Innovators-Inventors-Hackers-Geniuses-Created-Digital-Revolution/dp/1471138801

The Creative Science Centre Dr. Jonathan Hare’s Website

http://www.creative-science.org.uk/

The NASA Website is interesting https://www.nasa.gov/

The American Museum of Natural history

Bucks Earth Heritage Group can be found at  www.bucksgeology.org.uk

Ozone and other atmospheric chemistry

Some associated links to investigate

http://spaceweather.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid_rain

http://www.cyclocane.com/

Balancing Green Power; how to deal with variable energy sources (David Elliott ex OU professor of energy/technology policy – author of ‘Balancing Green Power; how to deal with variable energy sources’)

Some related links to investigate

David Elliot’s Web Page

EU: The European Climate Foundation
http://www.roadmap2050.eu
European Renewable Energy Council
http://ec.europa.eu/clima/consultations/docs/0005/registered/91650013720-46_european_renewable_energy_council_en.pdf
Global: Stanford University- Prof. Mark Jacobson http://www.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/
WWF
http://www.wwf.org.uk/search/node?keys=renewable


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