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Diamonds at the Glasgow Science Festival

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Diamonds at the Glasgow Science Festival - by Lukasz Dziechciarczyk

On 16 - 17th June a group of students from the University of Strathclyde participated in Glasgow Science Festival. Every year kids and adults gather around stands, made by young researchers to learn about a variety of topics. The DST team gave them the opportunity to build a huge diamond model made of rubber balls and sticks (representing carbon atoms and bonds) between them. Kids loved the idea of building something from scratch and left us with a complete diamond model many times. To our awe (or shame) some of them managed to finish the model much faster than we could ever have been able to. For older folks, we had pictures of colorful diamonds with explanations for the yellow, blue or pink colour.

It was exciting to convey the cutting edge research in a casual fashion and bring our research field closer to the public. Our stand was shared with friends from Strathclyde Student Community for Optics, Physics and Engineering (SCOPE) at the University of Strathclyde who were kind enough to join forces with their show about the fundamentals of science about lasers and polarization of light as encountered on a daily basis. Our hard work paid off with many grateful and smiley faces!

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Tue 31 July 2018, 12:35 | Tags: Outreach

Platform for Investigation - Diamonds are for Everything

When: Saturday 25th August
Where: Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
Audience: All ages

What’s going on?: This will be one of our biggest events of the year. The CDT have been invited to MSI to run an event on one of the platform for investigation (PI) days. We shall be bringing all of our best displays and demo’s for a fun interactive day learning about all the best that diamond science has to offer.

Tue 31 July 2018, 11:55 | Tags: StudentNews, OutreachAdvert

Beach Lab 2018

Beach Lab 2018

When: Saturday 30th June
Where: Aberystwyth Bandstand, Marine Terrace, Aberystwyth
Audience: All ages

What’s going on?: The beach lab will return to Aberystwyth bandstand where the Aberystwyth Robotics Club will be showcasing their current projects and a range of interactive entertainment robots. DST students have also been kindly invited to return to put on a stand showing the interesting and unique properties of diamond through several interactive activities.

Wed 23 May 2018, 15:55 | Tags: OutreachAdvert

DST students at the Glasgow Science Festival

Glasgow Science Festival

When: 16th-17th June
Where: Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow
Audience: All ages

What’s going on?: As part of the Glasgow Science Festival, the CDT have teamed up with the Strathclyde Student Community for Optics, Physics and Engineering (SCOPE) to but on a display at the Kelvingrove Family Weekend at the Kelvingrove Museum. You can come and learn all about how diamond interacts with light compared to other materials, and what in its structure makes it behave this way.

Wed 23 May 2018, 15:54 | Tags: OutreachAdvert

Diamonds in Space - British Science Week Fair 2018

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Diamonds in Space - British Science Week Fair 2018, Aberystwyth University

Kerry Whittlesea

As part of British Science Week 2018, Aberystwyth University hosted a 3-day event where students from across county Ceredigion from years 3 to 7 were invited to come along to see what exciting science and research is being conducted at the University and its partners.

Students of the CDT partnered up with students from Aberystwyth University to put on a ‘Diamonds in Space’ stand to highlight diamond research being conducted by the CDT, and diamond science and space science research being conducted in the Physics department at Aberystwyth.

Over the course of the three days’, children were taught about how diamonds are formed on earth in the mantle, how the environment in which they are formed relates to their crystal structure, how the carbon in diamond is different to carbon in other carbon allotropes, and how diamond can be formed in space. One of the interactive activities was to help build a large and growing structure of diamond using ball and stick models; with another activity being able to use the virtual reality headsets to have a look around the solar system and find areas and environments were diamonds could form, i.e. in the asteroid belt.

Over the entire week, approximately 1600 children and adults visited the fair with approximately 400 of those visiting our stall.

Wed 23 May 2018, 11:11 | Tags: Outreach

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