Outer Space Hands-on - Exploring the Universe from the Laboratory

Lead Research Organisation: STFC - Laboratories

Abstract

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Publications

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Title Virtual Reality 3D Tour of the Light Gas Gun at the University of Kent 
Description This VR video allows a wide audience to experience and explore the research facility LGG, which would not normally be accessible to public audiences. The scales (filling an entire room) of this experimental setup would not normally come across in other models or schematics of the facility, hence a VR virtual 3D tour is a unique opportunity to engage a multitude of audiences with the LLG and the research it is used for. The video is freely available on YouTube and can be used with any smartphone and a cardboard VR headset, or watched on any device in 2D. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact At the PE event Outer Space Hands-on, at least a quarter of the attendees explored this exhibit, with attendance being limited only by the number of available headsets and the resulting length of queue at this activity. Children were fascinated, and explored the VR model at their own pace, losing track of time. 
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/astrophysics-and-planetary-science/2019/06/10/light-gas-gun-3d-360-vr-to...
 
Description Europlanet support for PE event Outer Space Hands-on in Cambridge 
Organisation Europlanet
Country France 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Increasing visibility on Europlanet by acknowledging support.
Collaborator Contribution Printing hand-outs for the PE event.
Impact Printed hand-outs to event attendees. Disciplines: Planetary Science
Start Year 2019
 
Description IAU support for PE event Outer Space Hands-on in Cambridge 
Organisation International Astronomical Union
Country France 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution A few hundred hours of in-kind time by Sabrina Gaertner, as well as a donation by ISIS of £2000 towards the symposium were made.
Collaborator Contribution The IAU funded the venue for the event as part of the Laboratory Astrophysics Symposium S350.
Impact PE event "Outer Space Hands-on" Disciplines: Astrochemistry, Laboratory Astrophysics
Start Year 2018
 
Description NASA Ames support for PE event Outer Space Hands-on in Cambridge 
Organisation National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Department NASA Ames Exploration Center
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In-kind time to support adjustment of existing workshop activities to intended audience and event type.
Collaborator Contribution Resources and in-kind time towards planning and conduction of PE event.
Impact Three activities were developed and presented at PE event in collaboration with NASA Ames. Disciplines: Planetary Science, Astrochemistry, Laboratory Astrophysics
Start Year 2018
 
Description Ongoing collaboration with Dr HJ Fraser's group at OU 
Organisation Open University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This is an ongoing collaboration to continue the research, started during my Post-Doc with HJF, as well as the dissemination of the results through publications and public engagement/outreach projects. We closely collaborate on these projects, which on my part includes regular consultation via email, video conference, and personal visits (funded by my organization).
Collaborator Contribution This is an ongoing collaboration to continue the research, started during my Post-Doc with HJF, as well as the dissemination of the results through publications and public engagement/outreach projects. We closely collaborate on these projects, which on their part includes regular consultation via email, video conference, and personal visits, as well as providing experimental equipment for research campaigns. Towards this specific award, HJF provided staff time of Dr Pierre Ghesquière and Mr Vincent Deguin, to help with the preparation, presentation, and clean-up of the PE event (Outer Space Hands on), as well as lending an experimental setup for exhibition at the PE event.
Impact Two activities were developed and presented at PE event in collaboration with OU. Disciplines: Planetary Science, Astrochemistry, Laboratory Astrophysics
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of Cambridge support for PE event Outer Space Hands-on in Cambridge 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Organization of PE event held at Cambridge, increasing visibility and accessibility of Cambridge University to family audiences.
Collaborator Contribution Support in advertising through their PE teams and contact channels. Consumables and equipment provided for PE event.
Impact Essential consumables and resources for two activities at PE event. Disciplines: Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Theoretical Physics
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Hull support for PE event Outer Space Hands-on in Cambridge 
Organisation University of Hull
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution In-kind time to investigate options for presenting David Benoit's 3D models of molecular systems and star fields.
Collaborator Contribution Staff time and equipment toward preparation and conduction of PE event.
Impact Two activities presented at PE event. Options investigated for further collaboration on visualization of simulations. Disciplines: Astrochemistry, Laboratory Astrophysics, Computational Chemistry
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Kent collaboration on Spark Award grant and support for PE event Outer Space Hands-on in Cambridge 
Organisation University of Kent
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The planned PE event provided an opportunity to link with the production of a 3D virtual reality tour of the light gas gun. We thus combined efforts and sought funding for the add-on projects suggested by Kent. Staff time was given in-kind to plan, propose, and carry through the project.
Collaborator Contribution Staff time, equipment, and research facilities were made available towards this project.
Impact Virtual Reality 3D Tour of the Light Gas Gun at the University of Kent. Four activities were prepared and presented in collaboration with Kent at the PE event. Disciplines: Planetary Science, Physics, Chemistry
Start Year 2018
 
Description PE Event at Cambridge University - Outer Space Hands-on 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A good 100 people (family audiences) attended the event, after a good 200 free tickets had been booked via Eventbrite. Visiting children were mostly in the age range 5 to 12. On average each activity tracked 36 kids engaging, and returned science quizzes scored an average of 48% of the achievable points. Feedback questionnaires reported positive on all aspects investigated: feeling welcome, suitable level, feeling inspired, finding new interests, intent to further explore, gaining skills to carry out scientific activities themselves, and overall satisfaction. Trends between adults and kids were very similar for all answers, except the skills to carry out activities, where adults were in slight disagreement, whereas kids were very confident. Free-text feedback options reported e.g. "Great to have opportunities to get hands on. Thank you.", "Having a good time with my family and learning about ***SCIENCE***!", "It made me like science and it was so FUN.", "Really innovative - loved the space shielding". We've had several inquiries from event organizers and parents to share some of our resources or host similar events again.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019