Outreach

Careers Hive

Author: Fiona Reid
Posted: 1 Mar 2016 | 15:38

Yesterday I spent the day volunteering at the Careers Hive a new activity organised by Edinburgh International Science Festival for S1-S3 pupils.  The event is running in the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland from 29th February to 4th March 2016.

Doing Super Science with Supercomputers - EPCC at Big Bang Fair 2016

Author: Mirren White
Posted: 19 Feb 2016 | 09:49

Next month, a group of EPCC staff members will be travelling to Birmingham to take part in The Big Bang Fair 2016, a national science festival for school children. The event takes place over four days and will reportedly attract in excess of 70,000 visitors, so this is a great opportunity to showcase ARCHER, EPCC and all of the work we do here.

Introducing Wee Archie

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 26 Nov 2015 | 15:29

 

The EPCC Outreach team is always looking for new ways to introduce supercomputing to a general audience. Remote connections to ARCHER could be used, but how would audiences know what is happening? Is it really running on a remote system or is it faked? Enter Wee Archie: a portable, functional cluster developed by EPCC to demonstrate applications and concepts relating to parallel systems. 

What's inside the box? Building computers from scratch

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 28 Sep 2015 | 13:28

Last weekend, a team of us attended Bang Goes The Borders, a regional science festival hosted by St Mary's school in Melrose.

This was the fourth year we've been there, and as usual there were around 1000 school kids and their families keen to get their hands on all kinds of science- and technology-based activities.

Although our "dinoracer" has been a big favourite for the last few years, this time we took along two completely new activities: the Supercomputing App and the Build-a-PC Junkyard Challenge - which I'd like to tell you about...

The cluster challenge game nears completion

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 11 Sep 2015 | 11:49

This summer we hosted a PRACE Summer of HPC student, Anna, who has been working with us on an HPC supercomputer cluster challenge game which she previously blogged about here. The idea of this has been to gamify the design of a supercomputer, balancing the desire for advanced components (CPU, memory and accelerators) against budget and power efficiency.

Cluster Challenge Application sneak peek

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 21 Aug 2015 | 11:09

Anna Chantzoplaki is working on the project “HPC Cluster Challenge app” with EPCC's Nick Brown and Amy Krause as part of the PRACE Summer of HPC Summer School. This project is developing a public outreach application that will allow participants to design their own computer cluster by choosing components within a fixed budget, configuring them and measuring performance. 

I'm a Scientist (and I'm out of there!)

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 26 Jun 2015 | 16:44

At the end of last week, I blogged about the I'm a Scientist Get Me Out of Here! event. One week on, the whirlwind of live chats, evictions and answering questions is over.

I'm a scientist, get me out of here!

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 19 Jun 2015 | 16:09

I'm a Scientist Logo

This week I've been taking part in I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here, an online event funded by the Wellcome Trust where high school pupils engage in live chats with scientists from around the UK.

EPCC at the Sciennes Primary Summer Science Fair

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 6 Jun 2015 | 18:42

It appears that summer is not quite the same in Edinburgh as it is for the rest of the world, so on a blustery Saturday Eilidh Troup and I attended the Sciennes Primary School Summery Science Fair. On behalf of STEMNET and EPCC we wanted to show that science, in the particular context of supercomputing, can be fun and by doing so encourage young minds to head in that direction for their future careers.

A Day (or five) in the Museum

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 25 May 2015 | 11:38

explaining the hardware of a supercomputerDid you visit a museum over the Easter break? What did you find? Did you see dinosaurs or supercomputers? Did you solve the puzzle of the Towers of Hanoi? If you were at the National Museum of Scotland, you may have done all of these things in one place.

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