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National Science and Engineering Week in Bradford

3 March 09

The University of Bradford will open their doors to the public for a number of events during National Science and Engineering Week (6-15 March 2009).

The week will open with the University hosting the conference To infinity and beyond!  Organised by Careers Bradford, the conference will address teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, and careers advisers in Bradford and surrounding districts. It will equip them with information that they can then relay to students such as possible career opportunities that will be available to them, if they study STEM subjects.

The conference's keynote speaker is Major General Charles Frank ''Charlie'' Bolden, Jr., USMC - a retired U.S. Marine Corps major general who served from 1981 to 1994 as an astronaut in the United State's space program.

During the week, the School of Archaeological Sciences will be hosting The Science of the Past - An event where around 40 young people will get involved with some 'hands on' archaeological science at the University.

This workshop will demonstrate some of the exciting ways in which science can be used to understand what happened in the past. Modern archaeology involves many scientific techniques, familiar through television programmes such as 'Time Team' and 'Bonekickers'.

Youngsters will be able to get involved in different archaeological areas which will include:

Seeing the Invisible - using electrical and magnetic measurement to detect buried remains without excavation
Cutting Edge Science - using X-rays to reveal and characterise archaeological objects below corrosion layers
Molecules Through Time - making and analysing prehistoric glue

Bradford's School of Engineering, Design and Technology will be running a Design and Build a Hovercraft in a Day at several venues that week.

The event, which is sponsored by Aimhigher, West Yorkshire and Grange Technology College, will see students working in teams to design, build and test their own mini-hovercraft by following instructions given to them at the start of the day by staff and undergraduates from the University. One student from each team will 'pilot' their respective hovercraft at the end of the day when the event culminates in 'The Great Race' - two by two the hovercraft race across the `test track', testing the performance as well as the design skills of the students.

Members of the public are invited to a Green Chemistry and the Consumer Lecture. The lecture will be delivered by James Clark from the University of York and will look at the importance of chemicals in everyday products. It will see why chemicals are so important and why people are worried about the effect they may have on them or the environment.  It will also explore what will happen when we run out of the oil that most chemicals are made from.

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), Professor Geoff Layer said: "The University is delighted to be involved in Science and Engineering Week.  It is crucial that young people are enthused about a career in science and engineering if we are to create the highly skilled individuals needed to meet the economic needs of the future.  We hope that the interesting activities on offer will open young peoples' eyes to the large numbers of science based courses available at the University of Bradford and the exciting job opportunities available in the region".  

For more information about National Science & Engineering Week visit

There will be opportunities for the community to attend some of the events. Details are listed below.
To Infinity and Beyond!
Thursday 5 March 2009, 9.00-14.00 FREE (But tickets must be booked via Joanne Finn at Careers Bradford)
Norcroft Centre
The University of Bradford

Green Chemistry and the Consumer Lecture presented by James Clark (York University)
Thursday 12th March 2009, 18.00-20.00 FREE (But tickets must be booked via Rachel Pearson)
John Stanley Bell Lecture Theatre,  D Floor,  Richmond Building
The University of Bradford
Telephone no: 01274 236929

3 March 09

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