Science Live 2014 at Bridgewater Hall

Culcheth High School’s Science Department took 55 pupils to the GCSE Science Live Roadshow at Bridgewater Hall on Monday 24th November 2014. This was an exciting opportunity for the students get the chance to see and hear five of Britain’s top scientists all working at the cutting edge of their specialisms;

  • Prof Mark Miodownik – Mark is an engineer and materials scientist. He is the Professor of Materials and Society at UCL where he teaches and runs a research group in the Mechanical Engineering Department of UCL. He demonstrated some of his amazing research materials including self-assembling materials, self-healing materials and talked about psychophysical properties of materials. He gave the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, and is a regular presenter of science and engineering BBC tv programmes, most recently BBC Science Club.
  • Professor Robert Winston – He is a medical doctor, distinguished scientist, particularly in the area of human fertility. He amazed students some facts about how unlikely we were to be conceived!
  • Professor Alice Roberts – She is a clinical anatomist and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. Alice has presented a range of programmes on BBC2, including Coast, Wild Swimming. The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, and Prehistoric Autopsy. Her interesting talk made us consider the origins of our species.
  • Professor Steve Jones – A leading research geneticist (at University College London) and a prolific author with many beautifully written books on evolution. His talk ‘Not just black and white@ talked about the way nature and nurture interlink to give the characteristics we take for granted.
  • Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock – Maggie Aderin was definately more than a space scientist and a lecturer, she was indeed a phenomenon. Star of Blue Peter, she convinced may students there that a one way trip to Mars would indeed be the opportunity of a lifetime and could be made into an amazing series of Big Brother!