To celebrate the British Science Festival being hosted by Bradford and to showcase the contribution and developments at at Bradford College, a Science Breakfast event was held at the Yorkshire Craft Centre on 13th September 2011.College Principal and Chief Executive, Michele Sutton OBE, expressed her pleasure at this opportunity to spread enthusiasm for science and explained "as a key provider for FE and HE in Bradford that we are actively involved in the week. We are venue and host for The Young People's programme and are delivering events in both the Young People’s programme and the main adult programme." Michele highlighted two special exhibitions: Scientific Heroes which highlighted the pioneering appliance of science by eight former students and staff of the College, and Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science, Engineering & Technology, featuring seven women recognised for their commitment, contribution and leadership in the fields of Science, Engineering and Technology.The latest technology was then deployed so that everyone could hear from Mike Dinn in Australia. Following his studies in electrical engineering at Bradford Technical College from 1951 to 1955, Mike's work for Australian deep space tracking stations allowed the world to watch the lunar landings. You can watch this special broadcast here:
Ruth Wilson of the UKRC, then introduced the Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science, Engineering & Technology portraits.
Visitors to the festival have marvelled at the amazing Bloodhound supersonic car. Jonathan Ellis explained the educational importance of this exciting project.
Our talented Performing Arts students offered unexpected insights into the humble beginnings of another of our Scientific Heroes, Sir Edward Appleton, with two scenes from their production High on a Sphere - the Edward Appleton Story. This devised drama debuted as part of the festival and will be toured to local schools.
Trevor Griffiths, Head of Photography at Bradford School of Arts & Media spoke of Faster Than The Speed of Light, the innovative weekend of photography held as part of the festival and disclosed ambitions fulfilled.
Invited guests and presenters all enthused about the event. James Thomas of the British Science Association found it "very inspiring and really encouraging." Jonathan Ellis said, "The highlight for me was the Skype broadcast from Australia. When I was a seven year old boy and it was the Apollo programme that turned me on to science. I watched those TV pictures with my Dad. Bloodhound SSC is all about having the Apollo effect on a new generation."