Christmas is a time for giving and receiving gifts and all that, and there are lots of articles in the pipeline on here pointing you at a suitably arty Christmas. But what about something that’s educational and free with a bit of explosive excitement to boot? A tall order, but one that the Christmas lecture at Blackpool Sixth Form on 13 December will deliver on.
‘Flash Bang Christmas’ is a lecture open to the public covering states of matter that exist, and how a change in physical states can result in exciting physical and chemical phenomena. It is delivered by Dr Steve Rossington from the University of Salford, comments on his lecture last year included ‘outstanding presentation, brilliant speaker’ and ‘the big bangs were amazing’.
The event is one of several run at the college every year by The Ogden Trust. The trust encourages and promotes the teaching and learning of physics. Their outreach at Blackpool Sixth is run by Mhairi Mitchison, who started their Fylde Coast partnership in 2013.
The Ogden Trust was part of the recent celebrations at the college as Professor Robert Winston conferred STEM status on the college. This recognition of the college for its work in promoting science, technology, engineering and maths made it one of only 30 colleges in the country to achieve this, and one of the others is Blackpool and the Fylde College. A theme of Professor Winston’s excellent talk, and other contributions, was that this could equally be ‘STEAM’ to include the arts where science disciplines are often overlooked in their importance.
Steve’s lecture is on Tuesday 13 December from 4.15 to 5.15. It is suitable for the general public. Free tickets can be found at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EIFGHJ. You can find out more about the speaker himself at http://www.srossingtonchem.com, and the work of the Ogden Trust at http://www.ogdentrust.com.
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