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How cool is this?

Hi everyone and welcome back to a new school year!

Yes I know I’m a little delayed in this greeting, but better late than never…

So how cool is this: between August 17-31st, our digital game Futurecade was featured on the British Council stand at the National Science and Technology Fair in Thailand! We absolutely love it when folks across the world use our resources and help spread the word that science can mean something to everyone.

Why was the British Council exhibiting in Thailand? Well, they work over there to foster partnerships between science and tech organizations in Thailand and the UK, and through these partnerships they hope to develop public understanding and appreciation of science, especially amongst young people. Much of this is done through dialogue and discussion, so we were delighted and proud that Futurecade was chosen as an activity to engage the many young people (and adults!) that attended the fair during its 2 weeks.

 

Students playing Futurecade on the British Council exhibit

The stand also featured cutting-edge research projects for example Healthy Ageing from University College London, where visitors could explore the ageing process by trying out specs that worsen vision and gloves that made their hands shake (Hey! This fab team had a stand at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition in London- we worked with them as well earlier this year!)

Students explored our games and cutting edge research on the British Council stand

Over a million visitors made their way through the Fair, an impressive number. Here’s hoping they were inspired by and enjoyed all the wonderful exhibits, and left there feeling excited about science, and about all the amazing technology we have in our world because of our unending curiousity. Dialogue about science and how it impacts our lives is so important if we want people to make informed choices and feel like they can have their say - and we are thrilled that Futurecade could be a part of that!

Btw, also check out the British Council’s science e-zine , a Science and Society resource that nicely links cutting edge research to the world that we experience. 

Thanks all you folks in Thailand :)

BIG BANG and getting BIGGER!

Guess where we were last week?

The Big Bang Fair, of course! Where were YOU?

We were  on the Science Museum stand for 3 days, doing experiments from carbon dioxide bubbles to three-way balancing, and meeting lots of excited students, teachers and families.

The Science Museum stand at the Big Bang - always a hive of activity!

The Science Museum stand at the Big Bang - always a hive of activity!

We had a brilliant- if exhausting- time (I see one teacher on the far left who is looking ever more knackered than us!) and were amazed to see how huge the fair has gotten. It’s not just the Big Bang anymore, its the MASSIVE Bang now. It filled two whole giant halls at the Birmingham NEC! It’s exciting to think that in only a few years since its inception, it has become such a massive destination for young people to explore careers in science.

We think the most wonderful, inspiring part of it all are the young scientists who brought their projects to the fair, creating displays to showcase their work and talking to the public and school groups about what they did. Projects as simple and beautiful as multi-density fruit cocktails, or as intricate and brilliant as a washing machine made entirely of salvaged materials – these young engineers and scientists BLEW US AWAY.

They were competing for the Young Engineers of the Year award, and, frankly, all deserved a prize just for being there.

And delightfully, we discovered that one of the judges for the Award is our very own inventor-in-residence, Mark Champkins. He is everywhere these days!

Were you at the Big Bang this year? What did you think?