moon clock workshop

The CSC (Dr. Jonathan Hare) currently runs workshops at Sussex University in a lab run by David Daniels. David is an award winning science teacher and Head of Physics at Hove Park School. David runs the Gifted and Talented Project. Jonathan is a freelance research scientist who has worked on C60 in the Sussex Fullerene Centre with Prof. Sir Harry Kroto (the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry). Jonathan is also a member of the BBC TV Rough Science team.

The Creative Science Centre at Sussex University provides a range of inspirational talks, workshops and projects. The G and T activities are outlined below, for further details please contact Jonathan Hare via the e-mail given at the foot of the page.

Fullerene Workshop - This workshop deals with the discovery, structure and properties of C60, Buckminsterfullerene (1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry). C60 is the head of a family of amazing new carbon structures - the Fullerenes. Jonathan Hare was part of the pioneering team that developed ways of making the Fullerenes. A personal account of the developments of the story will be given as well as the latest fascinating research. The W/S includes constructing (and keeping) a molecular model of Buckminsterfullerene.

Shake-a-gen - a workshop exploring electricity, how to make it and understand it. We will build what is possibly be the simplest electrical generator in the world, which wonderfully demonstrate how electricity is produced by lighting an LED. It also helps us to understand the differences between current and voltage, AC and DC.

Castaway Science - Shipwrecked you find yourself castaway on an island in the middle of nowhere, could you use science to find out where you are ? This workshop will tell you how! We will learn about the astronomy that describes the movements of the Sun and stars as well as other physical phenomina and use our knowledge to describe how we would build simple low tech. apparatus to work out where on the Earth we are.

The Moon Clock - This workshop deals with the Moon and its orbit around the Earth including the explanation of the phases of the Moon as well as tides, eclipses and other astronomical events. In addition to this we will make (and keep) an electronic Moon Clock. This simple circuit using only a handfull of components includes 12 LED lights and an PIC integrated circuit. The lights show the phase of the Moon, allowing us to clock the path over the luner month.

Hollywood Science
Based on the BBC / OU TV series Hollywood Science (BBC2 and The Learning Zone). How realistic is the science behind some of Hollywoods classic movies and stunts? We will take a number of Hollywood Films and look in more detail to find out. Films include; SPEED, Shanghai Noon, Dante's Peak, Die Hard, The Score, Fight Club, Waterworld and Chain Reaction

Portslade Community College
G and T activities

Gifted pupils reach for the Moon
Sussex University Bulletin, Friday 19 Nov. 2004

For a review of the Hollywood Science talk try the BBC News web site and and here for student reviews

A current listing of Jonathan's talks, workshops and other science activities can be
found here Calandar

Contact: Dr Jonathan Hare, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QJ.


Dr Jonathan Hare, The University of Sussex
Brighton, East Sussex. BN1 9QJ.

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