A grassroots science festival for Sheffield is in planning for Science Week in March 2020 with the aim to place science projects into public and abandoned buildings. Festival founder and science teacher Hassan Al Zaffar hopes the free festival will engage younger audiences from local communities and show them that science can be fun. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
The Algomech Festival has returned to Sheffield for its second year with a programme of algorithmic and mechanical art and music performance using robots, machines and live code. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
The Sheffield Dementia Alliance, responded to a new report by the Lancett Commission, is advising on lifestyle changes that can prevent the incidence of dementia. According to scientists around one third of dementia cases are preventable through improved life choices including continuing education, exercise and addressing middle-aged obesity, high blood pressure and hearing loss. It is estimated that 1.2 million people in England and Wales will be living with dementia by 2040, a 57% increase from 2016 figures largely driven by people living longer. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Katherine Mary Horner from Sheffield Dementia Alliance.
The Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) has announced that Tapton School, Sheffield will become their new northern hub. IRIS is a charity which aims to inspire young people’s interest in science and to promote the development of science teachers. School students gain access to top level scientific data and the opportunity to collaborate in real time with scientists around the globe and to develop innovative experimental ideas. Tapton student Miles Soloman made headlines recently when he found an error in NASA data. The school will work with other Sheffield primary schools to help develop their science programmes and to provide opportunities for budding scientists. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Space explorers from Sheffield have delivered a pie to the edge of the earth’s atmosphere demonstrating space travel on a shoestring budget. The Sent Into Space team conduct high flying experiments with weather balloons and video cameras. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to operations manager Ellie Hills.
As World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights science in society, Sheffield Live! investigates new developments in nuclear waste storage. Neil Hyatt, professor of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield and a recognised authority on radioactive waste management is leading a team developing a new kind of cement to store radio active waste. Azz Mohammed reports.