Today we had a visit from South Craven School in North Yorkshire. We were asked to prepare a session so that students who were interested in Computing could come along and do an activity with us. To this end, we decided to let them create robots and have it out in the battlefield.
If you are not familiar with it, Robocode is a great fun introduction to programming. It’s an open source educational programming game, where the goal is to develop a robot battle tank to battle against other tanks in Java or .NET. The robot battles are running in real-time and on-screen. You can also run it on any system that has Java pre-installed, and there’s lots of support online if you wish to have a go in your own time!
Dan gave a quick introductory talk about what we expected them to do and how they could get started…
We then let the kids run wild with their robots and make changes to the code. They were very bright and were thinking up ways were they could optimise their strategies. Of course Dan, Lorna and I were on hand to give advice…
All it all it was a very successful session and they seemed to have a good time, mission accomplished!
For 2015 the Lancashire Science Festival is EVOLVING!
This coming June on 25, 26 and 27, UCLan will once again be hosting the Lancashire Science Festival.
Some of our Computing staff will be involved in the proceedings, so do come along and see what cool stuff we are getting up to.
This year’s 3 day celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths is going to be even bigger and better than ever! Have a look at the official website to see what sessions are running and to bag yourself a FREE ticket.
Last night, Dr Michael Shara, Curator, American Museum of Natural History, New York is talking about Einstein, his science and his life, during a public engagement talk.
“The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible” Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
His contribution to science and to humanity really was not matched by any other human being in his time. Had Einstein not lived it may have been a century till our modern technological society reached where it has today.
Why do we care about Einstein? What are the implications of his work? Well, he tackled some little problems in physics such as light, matter, time, energy and gravity.
Einstein was a contradiction. He was a pacifist, a socialist, not religious, and a warm and gentle man.
Initially when he graduated he was hired as a patent clerk. He wasn’t hired as a teacher because none of his professors could tolerate him. He did of course go on to win the Nobel Prize.
His true greatness was his work tackling the problems of space and time and establishing that energy and matter are the same thing.
The faster you move through space the slower you move through time. Time is not absolute, time is relative.
About 10 years later Einstein figured out how gravity works.
It was really interesting to hear about the science, but even more so to hear about Einstein the man.
Such a fantastic talk could only have been received with a resounding thank you from the audience.
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)