ISIS makes a Big Bang at UK science fair

Friday 18 March 2011

Ste Gallimore explains hydrogen fuel cells to students

Ste Gallimore explains hydrogen fuel cells to students at The Big Bang Fair 2011.
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ISIS was delighted to be part of The Big Bang 2011, one of the UK’s biggest science events for young people celebrating science and engineering.

The theme of the ISIS stand was low carbon energy, which featured mini hydrogen-powered cars and an array of novel hydrogen storage material samples. Experts from Cella Energy, a new spin-out company from ISIS, were on hand to answer visitors’ questions about hydrogen power.

Students take part in a hydrogen-powered car race

Students take part in a hydrogen-powered car race
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Steve Bennington at the Big Bang Fair 2011.

Steve Bennington, Chief Scientific Officer for ISIS spin-out company, Cella Energy at the Big Bang Fair 2011.
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Thousands of children, adults and young people visited the Big Bang this year. They were able to take advantage of the hundreds of fantastic stands, investigating topics ranging from finding landmines to breaking the land speed record, as well as great advice about careers in science, engineering, technology and maths.

“It’s wonderful that we can be part of such a big celebration of science and engineering. At ISIS, we are always hoping to inspire future scientists and engineers, and this was a perfect place for us to try and do just that,” said Martyn Bull from the PR team at ISIS. “We are passionate about clean energy, and we are keen to let people know about the fantastic research underway at ISIS to make zero emission vehicles a reality.”

For the scientists and engineers working on the stand, it was a rare opportunity to talk to children and young people about their work at ISIS: “I had an excellent time, said Atahl Nathanson, a UCL PhD student working with ISIS on hydrogen storage. “It was an excellent opportunity to explain how hydrogen fuel cells work to a completely different audience. It was also a great chance to see what other organisations are up to!”

A student volunteer tests out the hydrogen powered cars

A student volunteer tests out the hydrogen powered cars at the Big Bang Fair 2011
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ISIS is committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. It provides opportunities for work experience, visits, school lectures and much more. For more information please see the STFC website.

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