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'Top-secret' experiment brings science to schools... on a lorry

by Guest Blogger 5. March 2010 13:51


We have just launched a new spy-themed experiment on Lab in a Lorry in the East Midlands. This experiment has been developed by staff at the University of Nottingham's School of Physics and Astronomy thanks to funding from East Midlands Development Agency (emda). Excited pupils at Djanogly City Academy Nottingham were the first to experience this new activity. They became secret agents, using the equipment to eavesdrop on an enemy and communicate secrets to other agents.

I have been volunteering for the Lab in a Lorry for several years now and I’m delighted that the opportunity arose for us to develop this new experiment. It reflects the research going on around magnetic data storage and allows school pupils to explore modern computing power and data access/storage. I’m also pleased that this has given us the chance to start a link between Djanogly City Academy and my University which I hope will lead on to many more STEM activities for the school’s pupils. 

The new experiment will be on board the Lab from now on as it continues on its three-year tour of the East Midlands.


Guest Blogger: Chris Staddon, Senior Experimental Officer, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham


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