Title: Bio Ethics Debate Location: MadLab Description: Part of the Manchester Science Festival and Manchester Literature Festival. Supported by The Wellcome Trust. Start Time: 19:00 Date: 2011-10-28 End Time: 21:00
With Dr. Jo Verran, Prof Matthew Cobb, authors Jane Feaver (tbc) and Annie Clarkson.
Is research always fully aware of its consequences? Does science need to grow a conscience? Or are we in danger of being too distrustful of science? Of demonising it even? These and other questions will be discussed at this launch event for Comma Press’s latest science-literature commission, Bio-Punk. Leading Manchester researchers will discuss their work with the University of Leicester’s ethicist Helen Busby, alongside two authors tasked with translating current research into fictional visions of the future.
Part of the Manchester Science Festival and Manchester Literature Festival.
Title: Robot Hackday 2011 Location: MadLab Description: Bring your old electronic junk and toys down to Madlab. Take them apart and put them back together again as… robots! Start Time: 10:00 Date: 2011-10-22 End Time: 16:00 Price: Free Suitable: All ages Booking: Essential, Places are limited
It’s that time of year again!
MadLab will be hosting our famous annual Robot Hackday during the Manchester Science Festival 2011.
Our special activity for this year is building BEAM BOTS!
For those who don’t know: BEAM is an acronym standing for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, Mechanics
Biology It’s tough to beat 4 billion years of evolution; the world around us is a wonderful source of inspiration and education. Bear in mind, of course, that unlike Mother Nature, you also have the advantage of gears, motors, bearings, and good glues!
Electronics It kind of goes without saying, but this is what we’ll use to drive our creations. BEAM robots, though are normally created from simple analogue circuits. Here’s the key: small and understandable circuits, that can be surprisingly complex in behaviour.
Aesthetics This just means your creations should look good! There will be prizes for the best Robots….looking good might help!
Mechanics This is the less-than-obvious secret of many successful BEAM bots…less if often more!
We hope you will join us making the BEAM Bots…..but if you like you can bring any electronics / robotics project down on the day and get some help and feedback from our hackers.
Work on your own or team up with others – there will be prizes at the end of the day for the best entries. Don’t worry if your robot building skills are not up to scratch, we have experts to guide you in your robot creation and there will be some special guests present also!
Experts on hand to help out during the day include HACMan, Adrian McEwen, Oomlout and others, don’t be shy. Get thinking creatively and we hope to see you there!