Science & Technology

Co-ordinator Dorothy  and Derek Morgan Science&Technology
Telephone   01280 813 033
E-mail science.and.technology@buckinghamu3a.org.uk
Weekday 1st Wednesday
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 reception
before coming over to the meeting.
They must be accompanied.
Either a member of staff or a sixth-former will be available.

About the group

This group is aimed at members with a general interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (past, present, and future developments).

We have unfortunately had to suspend our meetings due to Covid 19 and are
not able at present to offer any re-start date for this group.  We feel it’s
important to keep our members safe, and due to meeting in school premises we
want to keep our members away from any possible risks.

We will post a notice once we are able to recommence our activities, but
meanwhile there is a private FaceBook group set up which members are welcome to join – can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/636693290484677/

Further details available from Dorothy Morgan by email:
science.and.technology@buckinghamu3a.org.uk

Meeting Dates

As follows – all on first Wednesday of the Month:

January 2020 – no meeting – School closed for holidays

5th February 2020 – Jenny Mainwaring – Earth’s Magnetic Fields

4th March – John Rayment  –  Great Feats of British Aviation

1st April – David Elliott  – Greening transport….green cars, planes, boats and buses

 

Note: Speakers always needed!  If you are reading this and feel able to offer a talk on a Science & Technnology related  topic or know someone who could help, please do get in touch with us.

Further details available from Dorothy Morgan by email: science.and.technology@buckinghamu3a.org.uk

Previous Talks
Related Resources:

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

Lillingstone Lectures

We recently visited the John Lewis Automation centre in Milton Keynes; here is a video showing the process: Knapp – Automation at John Lewis

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

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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