Volunteer mentors sought for local engineering challenge with Teledyne e2v

Mentors sought for Teledyne e2v schools' engineering challenge

Are you able to help for 5 evenings in Nov and Dec 2019?

Teledyne e2v (Te2v) and Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (CSES) are launching an engineering challenge that will see local schools working with Te2v apprentices and CSES volunteers to develop prototype solutions to real engineering problems faced by Te2v production staff.

This will be a pilot scheme which, if successful, will be run annually. We are starting with a small number of local schools and need CSES volunteers to help the apprentices to mentor the student teams.

Can you help? Remember that any time spent volunteering counts as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

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The Internet: is it Still Good For Us?

The Internet: is it Still Good For Us?

My Smarter Essex, Tue 15 Oct 2019 16:00-19:30, The College at Braintree

My Smarter Essex is returning to Braintree, with a second run of "The Internet: is it Good For Us?" which was last held at Anglia Ruskin University in November 2018. We are now taking bookings for this event.

We know that some students and schools were unable to make the previous event so this is an excellent opportunity to take part. The Braintree location is also intended to ease travel for schools based towards the north of Essex.

Sticking to the new format trialled previously, this session will interactively examine how data, connectivity and artificial intelligence will influence our health.

See the event page for more details.

We have limited spaces for attendees and places must be booked in advance, please contact us to book. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Launch report of Imagine!

The Imagine! STEM Club is a new CSES/ARU event for school students and young people

The inaugural launch of the Imagine! STEM Club took place at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Chelmsford campus over three days (29-31 July 2019). Over twenty students aged between 12 and 15 attended with an approximate 50% male-female ratio.

CSES Imagine! STEM Club was conceived and planned in consultation with ARU and Essex County Council (ECC) with the aim of promoting STEM learning and career options to young local school students and home-schooled students. CSES Council Member Bob Easby drafted the programme together with Professor David Humber from ARU, who were keen to show off their new £4 Million SuperLab, and Ed Bye, a CSES member who works with Schools and ECC providing specialist STEM support. The interactive practical sessions were delivered in the SuperLab by David Humber, Bob himself and Paul Cotton the SuperLab Manager at ARU, with some additional help and support from some enthusiastic ARU Ambassadors.

Students undertaking urine analysis in the SuperLab
Students undertaking urine analysis in the SuperLab 

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Essex Record Office Engagement Fellowship

Essex Records Office

A Research Opportunity at the Essex Record Office for Master’s or Ph.D. Students Interested in the History of Science and Technology

Within the varied holdings of the Essex Record Office (ERO) are a number of collections of value for researching the history of science, technology, engineering and medicine. These include over 100,000 photographs from the Marconi Company, dating from the 1890s to the 1980s.

In collaboration with the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS), the ERO is offering the chance for a Master’s or Ph.D. student to spend four weeks (or equivalent part-time) investigating the potential of collections held at ERO for research in science, technology and engineering subjects, and to raise awareness of and engagement with particular records – primarily the Marconi Photographic Archive. 

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Female Students Enrolled in Science Programmes in Steady Increase

Female Students Enrolled in Science Programmes in Steady Increase

In Analysis HESA's Annual Report, Study in UK Highlights the Increased Number of Female Students Enrolling in Postgraduate Study.

With the release of HESA's (Higher Education Statistics Agency) annual report, Study in UK has looked at the figures and drawn a number of conclusions in terms of student numbers in a range of disciplines. More details can be found at the link below:

Study in UK: Female Students Enrolled in Science Programs in Steady Increase