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Thousands of visitors – from leading academics, policy makers and teachers to schoolchildren, families and the general public – were wowed by the jointly hosted AWE-Imperial College stand called ‘Set the controls for the heart of the Sun’ exhibited at The Royal Society’s week-long Summer Science Exhibition held in London on 1-6 July.
The event demonstrated AWE’s firm commitment to promoting the national STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics) agenda through our schools liaison activities and links with UK academia.
The interactive display, supported through our engagement with Imperial College London under the aegis of the Centre for Inertial Fusion Studies, showcased how the world-leading Orion laser can recreate the conditions close to the centre of the Sun.
AWE Chief Scientist, Professor Andrew Randewich, said:
“Our stand looked fantastic, and really drew in the crowds, and the enthusiasm of the AWE and presenters really worked to develop a buzz around the exhibits. I’d like to commend everyone involved for doing such a great job, and making a significant difference to AWE’s reputation and also for furthering UK science generally. I’m sure that applications from AWE and our link with universities will be very favourably received in years to come.”The exhibits included a laser-balloon popping demo, a target fabrication training microscope with a specially manufactured ‘telescope target’ and a ‘How Hot is Hot?’ game which consisted of large fridge magnets showing images which you had to guess the temperature of in the right order!
AWE Director Programme Assurance, Paul Taylor, said:
“I visited the stand on Saturday with my daughter, who is studying physics at Hull. It was incredibly busy and clearly one of the highlights of the exhibition. I was very impressed by the exhibits and by the way in which the stand team engaged all comers, whatever their level of understanding. It made me proud of the company and underlined for me our nationally important role in the science base. Well done all!”
The Summer Exhibition, held annually since 1769 without exception, is undoubtedly The Royal Society’s premier opportunity to present to visitors pioneering science and engineering from across the UK that can truly change lives and the way we think about science and our understanding of the world.