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As well as one off events in schools throughout the year, the DLF also supplies a service to other educational venues and providers. 

 

Gravity Challenge : North Ayrshire

May - June 2009:

Location : Ardrossan Academy, Dykesmain PS, Stanley PS, West Kilbride PS and  Winton PS.

This version of the Gravity Challenge started with four days of the Gravity 3D show, and then continued with twelve days of science workshops. The first six were with S1 Ardrossan Academy students and then continued with the cluster primary schools Stanley, Winton, West Kilbride and finally Dykesmain..

 

Gravity Challenge : Southern Tour

2008 / 2009:

Location : City Learning Centres, England and Wales.

We are pleased to announce that we will be doing a six week tour of City Learning Centres south of the border. Each week will include a day of training, 4 days of shows and workshops and an evening event. Dates and locations are yet to be finalised. Contact us if you would like further information or to be involved. Funded by STFC. 

 

 

Gravity 3D shows : 

2008:

Location : Scottish Secondary Schools

16 days of events in schools throughout Scotland.

Organised and supported by Careers Scotland Science and Technology Matters Team.

 

 

Orkney Science Festival :

5th September 2007 : 5pm

Location : Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall, Orkney.

Phil Lavery will be presenting Maxwell's Rainbow as part of this event to celebrate James Clerk Maxwell. Information on bookings can be obtained by contacting the Orkney Science Festival Tourist Office.

T: +44(0) 1343 540844 or 01856 872856

E: science [at] orkney [dot] com

 

 

Orkney Science Festival :

31st August - 4th September 2007 :

Location : various schools, Orkney.

Phil Lavery will be presenting Maxwell's Rainbow as part of this event to celebrate James Clerk Maxwell. Information on bookings can be obtained by contacting the Orkney Science Festival Tourist Office.

T: +44(0) 1343 540844 or 01856 872856

E: science [at] orkney [dot] com

 

 

Institute for Computational Cosmology, Durham University :

28th August 2007

Location : Visualisation Centre.

An informal day demonstrating our use of 3D to aid children and adults alike to understand the wonders of our Universe. Phil Lavery will be demonstrating our shows and Present3D, the open source software that we use and support the development of. Over the last six months we have been using Cosmic Cookery, a 3D film created by the ICC at Durham, and are pleased to say that around 4,000 people have now seen it at one of our shows.

 

 

Aberdour Festival :

30th July 2007

Location : Church Hall, Aberdour.

During the day there were 5 shows. Three Space shows, one Gravity/Cosmic Cookery and one Maxwell's Rainbow. Around 150 adults and children attended. This was the first time that the new 3D Gravity show with voting system was presented.

 

 

Maxwell's Rainbow Travelling School Shows :

26th March - 31st June 2007

Location : Secondary Schools Throughout Scotland.

A series of 20 day events featuring our new "Maxwell's Rainbow" 3D show which was commisioned by the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

Information on the show can be found here:

 

 

Institute of Physics :

22nd May 2007

Location : Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow

Phil Lavery will be giving a demonstration of "Maxwell's Rainbow " and discussing the use of stereoscopic visualisation in schools to support the teaching of science subjects. Attendended by 122 teachers.

Details can be obtained from the Institute of Physics

 

Maxwell's Rainbow Science Festival Events:

6th April - 15th April 2007

Location : 14 India Street, Edinburgh

A series of 4 evening events and 5 day events featuring our new "Maxwell's Rainbow" 3D show which was commisioned by the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

  

SET P7 Event :

5th March - 19th March 2007

Location : Grangemouth Stadium, Grangemouth.

A series of eleven events featuring our updated "Space - The Solar System and Beyond" 3 D shows to be presented to around 1,800 P7's and their teachers from local schools. Organised and supported by SetPoint, Careers Scotland Science and Technology Matters Team and INEOS.

 

Information on the show can be found here:

 

 ASME ASM, Aberdeen, UK :

September 2006
The ASME Annual Scientific Meeting on the topic of 'Patient Safety in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Education: Have we got it right' will be held from 6-8 September 2006 in Aberdeen, UK.

Phil Lavery will be giving a demonstration on the use of stereoscopic visualisation in medical education.

 

Science & Technology Matters : Space- The Solar System & Beyond

Starts 8th June 2006 and 29 others over the coming year.

Location : Callander Primary School, and then all over Scotland.

A series of 30 events organised by Careers Scotland Science & Technology Matters team featuring our 3D space show "Space - The Solar System and Beyond"

Details can be obtained from Careers Scotland

 

Space School : Blast Off to Science Events

12th - 23rd June 2006

Location : Schools all over Scotland

A series of 19 events over ten school days featuring our 3D space show "Space - The Solar System and Beyond".

Details can be obtained from Careers Scotland

 

Institute of Physics :

18th May 2006

Location : Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow

Phil Lavery will be giving a demonstration of "Space - The Solar System and Beyond" and discussing the use of stereoscopic visualisation in schools to support the teaching of science subjects.

 


 


 

 

 

Current Events :

 

Bring them back ALIVE! :

2009 - 2010

Location : Scottish Schools

We have funding to provide 30 days of events in schools throughout Scotland. If you are interested in hosting one of these days please contact us. You can find more information here.

 

Gravity Challenge 2010 :

Location : Scottish Schools

Further to the success of our 2008-2009 Gravity Challenge, we have been asked to continue to provide these fun and educational days. Cost is £325 + Travel per day.

You can find more information here.

 

 

LHC 3D : It's All down to Gravity!

Location : Scottish Schools

Details of this show will be announced shortly.

You can find more information here.

 

Window Farms : 

Location : Scottish Schools

Currently being piloted. Details of this school project will be announced shortly.

You can find more information here.

 

Digital Storytelling : Camera Skills & Techniques

Location : Scottish Schools

Currently being piloted. Details of this school project will be announced shortly.

 

For previous events see the link below or click here

Gravity Challenge

 

 

The six weeks of the Digital Learning Foundation, STFC funded, Gravity Challenge Southern Tour is now over.. and I would like to thank all those, whose hard work, enthusiasm and support made it a great success. The results are now available here.
 
Each day the Challenge started with our  Gravity 3D Show and then continued with the Gravity Workshop, a science based, enterprise style, digital media challenge for teams of 4 or 5 students, that includes a series of simple hands on experiments, the building of a Roller Coaster, the making of two movies and a final presentation. A lot to get through in only five hours!
 
The current challenge workbook is now available for download from the above workshop page, a shopping list and a detailed description of how to make and do each of the experiments are also being added.. 
 

News : Gravity Challenge : North Ayrshire

 

 

This version of the Gravity Challenge started with four days of the Gravity 3D show, and then continued with twelve days of science workshops. The first six were with S1 Ardrossan Academy students and then continued with the cluster primary schools Stanley, Winton, West Kilbride and finally Dykesmain.

 
Working as teams of 4 or 5 students (P7 or S1), the challenge starts with some simple experiments that help in understanding gravity and motion.  The teams also film the experiments, both as an integral part of two of the experiments and to create an explanation of at least one of the experiments (max 2mins movie). 
 
Next, the teams try to build the fastest or most inventive roller coaster possible with the kit provided. They also film this to create a 30sec-1min advert to promote their Roller Coaster. During the day, the teams complete a workbook and are asked to predict what they think will happen, compare this to what actually happened and then interpret their results. They also have to return their roller coaster kits exactly as they were given, and finally they get to see the movies they have created. A really intense day of fun activities" 
 
To assist pupils, who may not have had any previous iMovie or Garageband experience, there are 5 min introductions to each, given at the start of the movie challenge.
 
The teams are marked on teamwork, workbook, RC Kit, Fastest RC, Most Inventive RC and their movies.
 
More information can be found here.
 
Funding for this series of events came from North Ayrshire Education Dept.
 
The Gravity Challenge was originally developed with funding from STFC.
 

 

 

 

Gravity Challenge : Southern Tour Best Movie

 

Best Movie : 1st Place 

team :     Hawking 28 Jan 2009

location : Magna / CENT / Rawmarsh CLC

school :   Maltby

The Gravity Challenge is a full day activity that includes a 3D show, hands on experiments, building a roller coaster and creating a movie from the footage captured during the activities.

The rest of the Gravity Challenge Southern Tour results can be found here : 

 

Present3D now supports CLUT with DICOM Volumes!

As part of the ongoing Joint Medical Visualisation Project with Aberdeen University, Present3D has now been updated to use Hounsfield Units and allow Colour Look Up Tables (CLUT) to be used. A full version of the above clip in side x side stereo can be downloaded from here:

More information about this project can be found here:

Stereo Movies available to download :

This is a short clip from a side x side stereo movie created with Present3D from a dicom series of CT slices.

A number of full screen stereo movies are available to be downloaded here :