BBC News reports on last weekend’s successful Electromagnetic Field EMF 2014 event held near Bletchley, Milton Keynes.
The three day event attracted nearly three times as many people as the previous event held in 2012. Of those attending 75 were children under 16. “Getting kids involved has been crucial,” says Jonty Wareing @Jonty one of the event’s volunteer organisers.
Dr Elpida Makrygianni, from UCL’s Engineering Sciences faculty is charged with engaging young people with science, she thinks the festival is an important place to be.
“It’s the social context, the fact that it is in the countryside, a million miles from the stereotype of a sterile lab.”
That preconception is one of the first obstacles that has to be overcome when trying to engage young people in science, she says, especially young women.
AMSAT-UK reported on a tweet that those responsible for organising technical events should bear in mind. Rosie Campbell @RosieCampbell tweeted: The gender balance of speakers at #emfcamp has been great. So many awesome women! Take note, other tech event organisers!
Although not reported by the BBC the Amateur Radio Foundation was held at the event and radio amateurs launched several balloons carry 434 MHz transmitters and flew a Quadcopter which carried a Repeater.
Unlike other countries the UK amateur radio licence currently bans experimentation on aeronautical platforms fortunately amateurs still can use licence exempt bands such as 434 MHz and 868 MHz for aeronautical work instead.
Read the BBC report – Electromagnetic Field: Can geeks get kids into science?
UK Editor of Motherboard Victoria Turk @VickiTurk interviewed Steve Netting M0SPN in the Amateur Radio Village at EMF 2014. Her article contains a good picture of the special event station GB2EMF.
Read Not Your ‘Traditional Hacker Camp’: Inside Electromagnetic Field Festival
Watch Aerial video of the Electromagnetic Field site on Saturday
Additional info on EMF 2014 at