We’ve made a start on the IT Suite this week – desks are in and we’ve started sourcing computers. We’ve had some visitors this week; from people looking to hire the centre for training courses, to kind volunteers – thank you all for your support so far. Signage has arrived, although the signage company made […]
Ok, so this update is a touch late as we’ve had the keys for over a week now, but due to a few factors we were unable to do much for the first few days. We’ve had a busy week (on-top of our day jobs) sorting the centre out and it’s already starting to take shape! […]
Those of you that know Chris will know how much he loves his MG6 GT BTCC! It’s ultra-rare and just gorgeous! Well a sign of true dedication to our mission, Chris is putting ‘the beast’ up for sale and has already bought Atom Club it’s very own mini-bus. This bargain started life as a normal Ford […]
We all have dreams and, if we’re lucky, we get to fulfil at least some of them. One dream a lot of youngsters have is to explore space, maybe land on the moon or, even go to another far away planet like Mars. As technology advances, who’s to say we won’t be exploring other planets? […]
Dorset Science & Technology Centre We’ve been fundraising for a while now to get our own premises. Visiting schools across Dorset is great, but there’s only so much we can bring with us and setting up the planetarium takes a lot of time to set-up & pack down. Plus, with over 100 product lines and […]
Wow this was tough to judge! We had a number of people that shared several times a day on multiple social networks and a couple really stood out, in fact I thought we should give one of them the prize half-way through. However when we came to judge, it became clear that a lot of […]
Exciting news! We have Spinmaster Hatchimals in Stock! We wouldn’t normally stock them, but hey – I wanted one for my little girl and no way was I going to pay £130 for one on Ebay/Amazon. We have 4 available (1 pengualas, 3 Draggles), which was a great piece of work as practically every shop […]
Atom Club founder Chris took a day out of the office this week to geek out at New Scientist Live. The 4 day festival at the London Excel Centre saw host to exhibitors such as the European Space Agency, Bloodhound (team going for the land speed record) and Tesla to name just a few.
Issued with a VIP wristband, I was able to see Major Tim Peake give an exclusive talk on his time in space. People often underestimate the amount of training that Astronauts undergo and public relations must be a big part of that as they all speak so well! I suppose nothing will boost your confidence more than being one of the 540(ish) people that have gone to space and seen the Earth from a unique perspective.
Tim shared stories from his training, the launch, funny anecdotes of what happened while on the ISS and how his recovery went – all fascinating stuff! I spend a lot of time reading, watching and listening to Space related news and I was surprised to hear stories I’d not heard before. Tim shared stories of the pranks played by fellow astronauts, from songs played at launch, to that great Ape Costume prank played by the amazing Scott Kelly.
We were fortunate enough to have some time for questions at the end. I was frantically waving my hand around, but sadly didn’t get picked. I took a brief video of Tim’s response to a young guest’s question, so have a look at that below.
Tim was swiftly escorted away by security, so my photos weren’t great but I was invited backstage to see him appear as a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science show. Turns out the room was where they hold the X-Factor auditions (or so I’m told). Despite having a podcast version, I realised that I’ve never listened to the show before and was really impressed – it’s now on the office playlist! The topic of discussion was “What’s left to explore” and host Adam Rutherford was joined by Helen Czerski (Oceanographer), Zita Martins (Astrobiologist) and of course Tim Peake.
Listen to the podcast here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07vjx9d
Other highlights of the event included meeting representatives of the European Space Agency, seeing the prototype of the next Mars Rover, seeing the Bloodhound candidate for world’s fastest car and of course some amazing talks.
For more information on New Scientist Live, check out their website live.newscientist.com – I hope to see some of you at next year’s event.
EDIT 22/09/16: After managing to get hold of a BBC representative (they make it very hard), we may have some token gesture. While it does not in any way compensate us for the expenses incurred and disappointment due to the BBC error, it does soften the blow. We’ll release more details soon, but if you […]