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The Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy participated in the Cambridge Festival ( in Spring 2022, which replaced both the Cambridge Science Festival and Festival of Ideas in 2021.  

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Electricity from colourful windows 12yrs+ Pre-recorded; available during the Festival. Find out how the windows of the future could produce electricity. In this talk we will explore the science behind luminescence and how it occurs with glow-in-the-dark dyes. These phenomena provide the potential for windows in futuristic buildings to harness solar energy and turn it into electricity  
Channelling light using glow-in-the-dark dyes Q&A 12yrs+

Live stream; 2:00pm-3:00pm, Tuesday 5 April 2022

Join us for the Q&A session to accompany our pre-recorded talk 'Electricity from colourful windows'.

Lots and lots of light bulbs  4-8yrs Pre-recorded; available during the Festival.
There is fascinating science to be discovered, even in everyday devices like lightbulbs!  In this workshop, designed for younger children, we explore how we light up our world!  Children can discuss with scientists where the electricity used to power our lights come from comes from, use their muscle power to generate their own electricity and light, and make a convection-powered dragon, worm or snake to explore how energy is wasted! The workshop is intended to complement Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 science topics.
Inside an LED – beneath the surface of a Nobel prize winning technology 12yrs+ Pre-recorded; available during the Festival. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) based on Gallium Nitride are a revolutionary technology which is enabling energy efficient solid state lighting, with huge potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In this talk, we will delve beneath the surface of LEDs, understanding the materials which are used to make them, how energy efficient light emission is achieved, and how the atomic scale structure influences device performance.   
Engineering atoms 12yrs+ Pre-recorded; available during the Festival. All of the materials around us are made of atoms.  The way in which these atoms are arranged influences the behaviour of each and every material.  In this talk we will explore the nature of the atomic arrangements in metallic alloys, understand how these can lead to variations in certain properties and see how by controlling these arrangement we can deliver we advanced materials for engineering applications.  
Engineering memories 12yrs+ Pre-recorded; available during the Festival. In the same way as your brain helps you remember your past, analyse the present and plan for the future, a computer uses tiny devices to store information and make logic operations. Everything in a computer takes the form of basic units called bits (or binary digits). Files and programs consist of millions of these bits. Each of those is stored in a memory cell and processed in a central processing unit. Technological advances made since the first hard disk was developed in 1956 mean that more and more storage takes up less and less physical space and nowadays researchers are trying to design computers so that they can process and store information in a more “brain-like” approach to make them more efficient.   
Engineering memories Q&A 12yrs+
Live stream; 3:00pm-4:00pm, Tuesday 5 April 2022

Join us for the Q&A session to accompany our pre-recorded talk 'Engineering Memories'.