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Summer Schools: Skateboards to starships (age 16–18)

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21 Albemarle Street

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Join us for a truly astronomical day with John Davies and Satinder Shergill, as students explore how maths science and engineering come together to reveal how mankind has reached the stars and beyond.

Using the work of three great thinkers, Al-Karismi, Newton and Tsiolkovsky, students will use mathematical equations to work things such as how fast a skateboard travels to how long it will take to fly to distant stars.

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Please note, this workshop is strictly for 16–18 year-olds and will include a 45 minute supervised lunch break. Students will not be able to leave the building at lunch time unless permission is given at the time of booking. Students should bring lunch and a drink, pens and pencils.

This workshop is based on an Ri Engineering Science Masterclass. Students who have attended a Masterclass series which included a session on a similar topic may have already seen some of the content in this workshop. Please contact us on summerschools@ri.ac.uk with any questions.

Refunds can only be issued for tickets cancelled at least two weeks (14 calendar days) in advance of the event date. Please note that this supersedes our normal event terms and conditions.

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John is a lifelong engineer and has been fascinated by space travel ever since he read the Dan Dare stories in the Eagle in the 50s. John was the first person in his family to go to university, studying Electronics at Liverpool University. He joined Hawker Siddeley Dynamics Space Projects Division in 1968 and worked on the latter stages of the most substantial launch vehicle ever built in UK, Bluestreak. He also worked on satellite projects including a design study for a large space telescope which acquired the name Hubble about 12 years later.

He was fascinated by digital technology and moved to Edinburgh University where he wrote some very early communications software. He took a year off to study Computer Science more formally at Manchester University, taking his M.Sc. back to Edinburgh before moving on to London University doing similar work. He rejoined the commercial sector as a consultant and in technical sales support and was involved in the early stages of SMS messaging and in packet radio long before we all started using it, as GPRS, for our smartphones.

He's now retired but busier than ever with educational outreach to schools for the Initiative for Interstellar Studies, coordinating work on i4is website and email, and editing Principium, the quarterly newsletter of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies. He's a long-established member of both the British Interplanetary Society and the British Computer Society.

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