Posted: 29 Sep 2014 | 15:52
As well as helping out with our drop-in workshop at the British Science Festival in early September, I also had the chance to give a talk as part of the Festival's public lecture programme. Over 75 people turned out early on Sunday morning to hear 'Seventeen or Bust: Solving hard mathematical problems with your help!', where I explained how the PrimeGrid project is working on a solution to Sierpinski's conjecture, a fifty-year-old unsolved problem in Number Theory, as well as finding record-sized prime numbers in the process.
Posted: 10 Sep 2014 | 12:30
Every year the British Science Festival (BSF) visits a city in the UK and engages the public with the latest and greatest science, engineering and technology. It is a fantastic opportunity for people to get involved in science and the programme contains a wide variety of activities to ensure the festival appeals to all ages.
This was the third year that EPCC has been involved with the BSF. We travelled down to Birmingham where we held an exhibition entitled “Supercomputing: From dinosaurs to particle physics” on the Saturday, which was aimed primarily at families. We were based in the Library of Birmingham along with a number of other highly-engaging events that all aimed to introduce the public to HPC and to encourage the next generation of computational scientists.
Posted: 11 Aug 2014 | 09:36
Omega Tau: science and engineering in your headphones is a STEM-themed podcast produced by Markus Völter and Nora Ludewig which covers a wide range of interesting topics including aerospace, spaceflight, computing and physical sciences in great detail through interviews and discussions with area experts.
Posted: 4 Aug 2014 | 11:38
This summer we have two students who have joined us for 9 weeks as part of the Summer of HPC programme. It is a great idea; in working on an HPC project not only do the students gain experience and enthusiasm for the field but also the actual work done on the projects is useful and important too.
Posted: 23 Jul 2014 | 10:01
The Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) network will run a workshop at Supercomputing 2014 in New Orleans on improving the representation of women in the international HPC community. WHPC supports collaboration and networking, bringing together female HPC scientists, researchers, developers, users and technicians from across the UK.
Posted: 8 Jul 2014 | 09:45
On the 10th of April Lorna Smith, Toni Collis and I spent the morning at Tweedbank Community Centre with a group of 30 pre-school children from the local nursery and playgroup - possibly the youngest group of potential HPC users we have met yet! As part of the Borders Science Festival, we had offered to run a workshop giving an overview of HPC, kick-start an interest in STEM, and help cover one of their Curriculum for Excellence outcomes: "I can talk about science stories to develop my understanding of the world around me".
Posted: 25 Jun 2014 | 10:21
This is a UK-wide scheme to encourage young people to take up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. A STEM Ambassador is someone who works in a STEM-related field and has an enthusiasm for talking about and demonstrating their work to young people to inspire them to take up STEM-related subjects. STEM Ambassadors are all volunteers who join the programme to share their knowledge and appreciation of the subjects they work in.
Posted: 28 May 2014 | 11:55
About a year ago, we visited St Peter's with our original set of outreach activities. Now in a return to the school we brought along our new and updated activities. The school invited us back to talk to their primary 4 and 5 classes this year, so Jason, Eilidh, Iain and myself went along and installed ourselves in their music classroom.
Posted: 20 May 2014 | 11:54
At St Peter's primary school recently I had a go at teaching the P4 and 5s (8-10 year olds) about what computers really do, in particular sorting and searching algorithms.
Posted: 5 May 2014 | 21:26