Outreach

My work experience week at EPCC

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 22 Oct 2018 | 11:39

Seventeen-year-old Sam Dewar spent a week at EPCC in October as part of his school's work experience programme. In this post he describes how he got on.

I spent a week doing work experience at EPCC, where I was given the goal of setting up and testing a homemade Raspberry Pi cluster ‘Wee Archlet’ using a set of instructions provided to me. I also helped find areas for improvement in the instructions by pointing out parts that I struggled to understand so that other people who have little experience with supercomputers can make a cluster too.

Bang Goes the Borders 2018

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 28 Sep 2018 | 09:29

While a team of EPCCers were doing outreach in London at New Scientist Live (NSLive) for a second year running, another group of us attended Bang Goes the Borders (BGTB) at St Mary's Primary School in Melrose, which is mostly attended by children aged from 5-12 with their parents. For us this is a relatively local event and this is the eighth year that we been there. It is only a day event but a pretty busy one.

EPCC returns to New Scientist Live in September!

Author: Jane Kennedy
Posted: 24 Aug 2018 | 13:44

New Scientist Live 2018 logoNew Scientist Live is running again this year, and for the second time, EPCC will be bringing a stand!

New Scientist Live is a large, interactive science festival, with hundreds of speakers and exhibitors (like us!) from a wide range of disciplines. It's being held at London ExCeL again this year, and will be open to visitors from 20-23 September. As we host the national supercomputing centre, this is a great event for us to promote our work to a wide and engaged audience from all over the country.

Wee Archie earns its wings!

Author: Gordon Gibb
Posted: 24 Jul 2018 | 08:59

Wee Archie, our miniature model supercomputer made from Raspberry Pi boards, has been an invaluable resource in EPCC's public outreach activities. So much so that we had to build a second one!

HPC outreach: not a moment to lose!

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 19 Jun 2018 | 18:39

“There is not a moment to lose” – I don’t know if you have ever read any of the Aubrey-Maturin books by the late Patrick O’Brian, set at the turn of the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries and describing life in the Royal Navy. Even if you have only flicked through one of the books, you will probably have picked up an almost constant sense of urgency (a realistic representation of what pervaded the Navy at that time) in the books, much to the annoyance of the decidedly un-Navy-like Dr Maturin!

Considering the modern pace of change I think this sentiment is truer today, especially in scientific fields, than it has ever been before. Certainly from my perspective there is an urgency to try and push forward the state-of-the-art in HPC and share it, before other people’s activities supersede my work. However, I think this same sense of urgency also applies to other, non-technical, aspects of our community. Diversity is a prime example here and, whilst there are some excellent initiatives being adopted by the likes of the SuperComputing (SC) and ISC conferences, we still have a long way to go.

Outreach: Planes, zombies, chickens and bean bags

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 10 Apr 2018 | 09:15

Zombie Chickens - Attributed to B Zedan (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/bzedan/960200896/)Wait a minute – isn't this a blog article for EPCC ? One of the premier HPC centres in Europe, where are zombies and bean bags coming from?

Frequent readers of our blog may have twigged that this is another article about our outreach efforts at EPCC. A few weeks ago we were in Birmingham for the Big Bang Fair 2018 (one of the largest science events  for schools held in the UK) and at the beginning of April, EPCC was once again part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Big Bang Fair 2018: a success!

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 31 Mar 2018 | 19:16

For the third year running a group of us from EPCC attended the Big Bang Fair (BBF) at the NEC in Birmingham through the ARCHER Outreach programme. BBF provides an excellent opportunity to show a wide range of young people what supercomputing is about and encourage them to adopt careers in STEM-based subjects. 

We are writing our activities up to encourage others to try doing supercomputing outreach and show that you do not need fancy equipment. For more information see the ARCHER's Ambassador pack or GitHub where we develop these. We enourage you to feedback or collaborate with us.

Big science! EPCC at the EISF 2018

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 13 Mar 2018 | 11:04

EPCC will be at the Edinburgh International Science Festival (EISF) from Saturday March 31st until Wednesday April 4th with our exhibit Doing Big Science on Supercomputers.

EPCC at the Big Bang Fair 2018

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 7 Mar 2018 | 17:27

For the third year running, EPCC (under the Archer banner) will be at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, explaining how scientists are using the ARCHER service to perform world-class science. 

'Wee Archlett' at STFC’s Hartree Centre

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 16 Jan 2018 | 12:25

This post was written by Olivia O'Sullivan, Impact & Engagement Officer at the Hartree Centre.

After reading about the success of EPCC’s nifty Wee Archie  mini-supercomputer outreach project, we were inspired to set a group of five work experience students the challenge of building a 20-node Raspberry Pi cluster during their time with us.

STFC runs a work experience programme every year with applicants expressing an interest in placements within the Hartree Centre. Initially, we had a view of taking just one student to join our Future Technologies team but after hearing about other placements, we wanted to move away from the ‘lone student’ experience and offer a group-based opportunity. We hoped that this would show students how we operate here in multi-disciplinary teams working together to solve challenges.

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