Scientific Edge, Richmond
On 6th December, Richmond schools clubbed together in Twickenham for a distinctly glamorous evening to celebrate short science films they’d made, and to present awards to the best. And when we say ‘glamorous,’ we mean the whole thing — red carpet, posh frocks, dinner jackets, the Mayor, and Sir David Attenborough. Yes, you read that right. Sir David presented the awards, and chatted to the students who’d made the films.
The evening was part of Richmond’s ‘Scientific Edge’ project, a broader initiative to increase engagement in science education. The film-making part was set up by Andrew Hanson, outreach manager at the National Physical Laboratory, and — you’ve guessed it — was based on the model established by SciCast.
Nine schools took part, making I think twenty-five films, ranging from noble first efforts to spectacularly slick extravaganzas. We’ll hopefully bring you most if not all of them on SciCast, but in the meantime here are some stills from the evening. It was a wonderful night, with tremendous enthusiasm and excitement, and the council are already making plans for next year.
And for the record: we’re absolutely delighted to see SciCast used in this sort of way, and would love to see Richmond’s model repeated around the country. Expect more on this later.