About this day
Join us for the ultimate science enrichment day for KS4 students in March 2022! Five interactive and highly engaging sessions will inspire and challenge your students. There will be demonstrations and audience participation, and students will discover the wonder of science in our specially designed programme, delivered by the leading lights in the field. A session on examination success will equip students with the tools to succeed. This is Science in Action!
Programme & speakers
Cracking the code - the genetics of superheroes Simon Watt, Ready, Steady, Science
Comic books are filled with mutants; heroes and villains whose special abilities are genetic in their origin. But what are real mutants like, and could we one day use genetics to make us superhuman?
About Simon Watt
Simon is a biologist, writer, science communicator and TV presenter. He is perhaps best known as a presenter on the BAFTA winning documentary series Inside Nature’s Giants.
Dangerous Equations Marty Jopson, Science presenter
Join Marty Jopson as he places himself in grave personal danger for your entertainment. Will his steely nerve and a set of equations be enough to keep him from harm?
(Photo Credit: Steve Cross)
About Dr Marty Jopson
Marty has a PhD in plant biology, is a science TV presenter, live show performer, writer, strange prop builder and all round Science Bloke.
The Science of Swimming the English Channel Anna Ploszajski, Materials Scientist, Writer and Storyteller
Join Anna as she recounts what it takes to swim the 21 miles across the English Channel, and the surprising science behind it. There will be demonstrations of explosive sugar, buoyancy effects, and the materials science of the very best swimming snacks. Isn’t it cold? What about sharks? All will be answered.
About Dr Anna Ploszajski
Anna Ploszajski is a materials scientist, author, presenter and science comedian who is on a mission to get people fascinated by the ordinary stuff which makes up the world around us. Her book Handmade tells the story of materials through their use in arts and crafts.
Shining a new light on galaxies with radio telescopes Imogen Whittam, University of Oxford
A galaxy that looks ordinary to the eye may be concealing a dramatic secret… By exploring the electromagnetic spectrum, Imogen demonstrates how viewing the light we can’t see reveals new information, and how using radio telescopes can unveil powerful jets shooting from the supermassive black holes at the centres of galaxies.
About Dr Imogen Whittam
Dr Imogen Whittam is a Hintze Fellow at the University of Oxford where she researches radio galaxies. She has a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge, and before moving to Oxford spent five years working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.
The Science of the Future Neil Monteiro, Science presenter
Look into the future of science and see how the world around you will be changed within your lifetime. From lasers and spaceships to cyborgs and super-materials, you’ll see how science-fiction is becoming science-fact!
About Neil Monteiro
Neil is a science presenter working all over the world on science based videos and stage shows.