2018/2019 programme

Here at Steam School we aim to secure the best guests for our broadcasts from across the globe.

Our guests are:

Innovators

Inventors

Super Scientists

Digital Disruptors

Crazy Creators

Amazing Artists

Steam School gives you access to guests most schools just can’t reach – bringing the brightest minds and most exciting global tech pioneers straight to your classroom. Check out some of our guests below – and don’t forget, your Steam School subscription gives you access to EVERY broadcast, meaning you can always find the perfect content for your learners!

Summer 2019

13th June:
Spaceport Cornwall

Spaceport Cornwall is launching the UK back into space with the UK’s first horizontal spaceport. Working in partnership with Virgin Orbit, a satellite launch company, Spaceport Cornwall will be fully operationally from 2021 sending satellites into space. The last British rocket – Black Arrow – that sent a satellite into space was launched from Australia in 1971. This exciting partnership will make history by pioneering horizontal satellite launches from UK soil.

Guest: Melissa Thorpe

20th June:
Astronomical Science

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with a square kilometre (one million square metres) of collecting area. The SKA Scientists are focused on 5 key science goals for the telescope: From challenging Einstein’s seminal theory of relativity, to looking at how the very first stars and galaxies formed just after the big bang, helping scientists understand the nature of a mysterious force known as dark energy, and, one of the greatest mysteries known to humankind…are we alone in the Universe.

Guest: Charlie Walker & William Garner

27th June
Hypersonic Space Flight

Reaction Engines is the home of SABRE, the Synergetic Air breathing Rocket Engine – next generation propulsion systems that will transform space access and high-speed flight. SABRE is a new class of engine for propelling both high speed aircraft and spacecraft. SABRE engines are unique in delivering the fuel efficiency of a jet engine with the power and high speed ability of a rocket. In this broadcast, we will meet Emma Ryan who will share her experiences working as an engineer in one of the most exciting space sector companies in the U.K.

Guest: Emma Ryan

28th June
Searching For Life On Mars

Abbie saw a story in the news when she was doing her GCSEs – British Engineers were building a probe for Mars! Inspired by that she decided to study engineering. After graduating Abbie joined Airbus Defence and Space as a Mechanical Engineer and soon moved to work on the ExoMars Rover – Europe’s first Rover for Mars! In 2016, she was elected as the youngest ever Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. 

Guest: Abbie Hutty

4th July
Space Junk

Space junk has been amassing since the first human-made satellite, Sputnik 1, escaped Earth’s gravitational pull on October 4, 1957. As humans began to explore ever further away from our home world more than 4,700 launches around the globe means we’ve left our mark on space in the form of rubbish. In this broadcast, we will explore how scientists are tackling the problem of ‘space junk’ with Senior Orbital Analyst, Sean Goldsbrough of the UK Space Agency.

Guest: Sean Goldsbrough

11th July
Space Belongs To Everyone

PTScientists is a German new-space company whose aim is to bring down the cost of space exploration and democratise access to the Moon. PTScientists is bringing down the cost of exploration and building reusable space infrastructures so more people benefit from access to space – because space belongs to everyone. The team are currently working on a mission to return to the Apollo moon landing site which hasn’t been visited by humankind since 1972.

Guest: Callum Hervieu

2018/2019 back catalogue

New subscribers can access our back catalogue of guests including:

Oxbotica

A self-driving car, also known as an autonomous car, or driverless car, is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and moving with little or no human input. Oxbotica is a British start up company that builds the brains powering self driving vehicles. In this broadcast we will explore some of the engineering and societal challenges facing the adoption of autonomous technology and what the future of driverless vehicles looks like.

Guest: Richard Jinks

Buffalo Grid

Buffalo Grid is a London based company bring mobile connectivity to off-grid communities in the developing world. In India, over 830 million people, or around 70% of the population, live in rural areas. Access to basic services, such as banking, education and healthcare, can be a challenge, especially when you live a long way from the nearest town.  In this broadcast, we will explore Buffalo Grid‘s solar powered solution to this global challenge.

Guest: Sam Golden

Hey Olly

Emotech believes the more human the technology the better a relationship between the two can be. Olly is the first home robot with an evolving personality that adapts to each individual. Designed to do more than just respond to commands, Olly’s advanced machine learning technology proactively assists with day-to-day routine by remembering habits. Plus, Olly’s unique brain-inspired AI system – created by Emotech’s leading AI researchers and neuroscientists –  enables Olly to understand emotion and adapt to the world around it.

Guest: Zafeirios Fountas & Saied Mokram

Flight Futurist

Sophie is an Aerodynamics & Performance Engineer for BAE Systems Air’s Concepts & Technology team. She performs aerodynamic analysis on future aircraft concepts, leading joint hypersonic and space concept work with Reaction Engines. Sophie is one of the youngest engineers to ever achieve Chartered Engineer status with the RAeS and has received commendations in the form of the BAE Systems’ Technical Graduate of the Year 2016, SEMTA Graduate of the Year 2017, Top 50 Women in Engineering Under 35 2017, BAE Systems’ Bee Beamont Award 2017, the Sir Henry Royce Medal 2018 and the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2018.

Guest: Sophie Harker

Zero Mass Water

Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population. Zero Mass Water uses some nifty science to squeeze potable water from the air. Founder Cody Friesen, a materials scientist and associate professor at Arizona State University, spent nearly seven years developing the Source Hydropanel. Using solar power, a single system can produce enough drinking water for two to three people each day–even in desert conditions. The future of water is here.

Guest: Richard Hallas

British Esports

Esports is a form of competition using video games. Most commonly, esports takes the form of organised, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players, individually or as teams. This sport will soon be a $1 billion business with a global audience of over 300 million fans. One major tournament, the 2016 League of Legends World Championship finals, attracted 43 million viewers.

Guest: Dominic Sacco

Chester Zoo

Over the past few decades, habitat loss and conversion of forests for agricultural use in Borneo and Sumatra has put numerous species at risk and conservation efforts are vitally important to protect the island’s biodiversity. Currently, the expanding unsustainable palm oil industry is one of the biggest threats facing the region. Chester was recently named the world’s first Sustainable Palm Oil City.  In this broadcast, we talk to Faye Sherlock who is leading the project on behalf of Chester Zoo.

Guest: Faye Sherlock

Konichiwakitty

By day Rachel grows eyeballs in a lab whilst researching a cure for genetic blindness. By night Rachel runs her own business called ‘Rachel Konichiwakitty’, designing fashion tech items for unicorn, mermaid loving fashionistas across the globe. In this broadcast we will explore science stereotypes and how Rachel balances her research with a growing business empire. 

Guest: Rachel Wong

Impossible Foods

Have you heard about the burger, that isn’t a burger, but bleeds like a burger, tastes like a burger but is made from plants? Meet the team from Impossible Foods, an innovative food manufacturing company based in USA. The team are on a mission to create a sustainable food manufacturing system using plants as their source ingredient. On this broadcast we will learn more about why their product is saving the planet and the science that underpins it!

Guest: Laila Dafik

British science week

Steam School will  celebrating British Science Week with a bumper set of guests including:

KPS Energy

Did you know kites can generate electricity? By using kites to harness wind power, KPS Energy has created a method of creating electricity using kites that uses 85% less material than wind turbines! Not only is this a cheaper method but it allows us to access altitudes that turbines just can’t reach. In this broadcast we will find out about this innovative technology thats created by KPS Energy in Scotland.  

Guest: David Stewart

The Small Robot Company

The Small Robot Company is an agri-tech company with a deceptively simple idea: small robots not big tractors. Unfortunately big tractors are neither efficient nor environmentally friendly. Currently, 90% of energy is used in ploughing and cultivation. The Small Robot Company is building robots that will seed and care for each individual plant in a crop. On this broadcast we will find out more about how those robots feed and spray the plants that need it, giving them the perfect nutrients, with no waste.

Guest: Ben Scott-Robinson

Bloodhound SSC

The BLOODHOUND Project is a global Engineering Adventure, using a 1,000mph World Land Speed Record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. On this broadcast we will talk to Chief Inspirer, Rob Bennett about their recent adventures and how their supersonic car is engineered. 

Guest: Rob Bennett

National Careers Week

The Apprentice Show

To celebrate National Careers Week we are hosting a special set of shows with young apprentices working in digital media and technology. Our guests will discuss why they chose the apprentice route, what new skills they are learning and their experiences working in some of the most exciting companies across the UK.

Guests: RS Components, Next Gen Skills Academy and UK Fast

HausBots

A team of young engineers and entrepreneurs based in London have created a suite of robots to liberate humans from dangerous and mundane jobs that can be carried out more efficiently by automation. On this show we will discuss what their award winning invention and entrepreneurial journey and how they intend to bring this product to homes across the U.K.

Guest: Liam Tootil and Jack Cornes

Amazon

Alexa is a smart home assistant that listens to, and responds to voice commands, giving you answers, reminders and offering other useful information when you need it.  Alexa can also act as a smart home hub – connecting to a huge range of connected devices, from light bulbs to coffee makers, and letting you control them with your voice. In the broadcast we will find out more about the engineering that powers this popular device and future developments coming soon. 

Guest: Simone Campora

RS Components

RS Components supplies electronic components, electrical, automation and control, test and measurement equipment, engineering tools and consumables to engineers, inventors and makers across the globe. Meet Faye Harry, compliance engineer, who is responsible for testing approximately 8000 products a year, by breaking them better. In this broadcast we will discuss how and why Faye breaks products and her career journey as a female engineer.

Guest: Faye Harry

HADO

HADO is the combination of motion censor, smartphone, AR (Augmented Reality) tech, and sports that creates a whole new experience thats called Techno Sports. Originating in Japan, but growing in popularity across the globe, this broadcast will explore the tech that underpins the sport and how to play this exciting new game.

Guest: Eido Inoue

Beau Jessup

When Beau was 16 years old she made £48,000 from a website she made to give Chinese babies English names.
Beau Jessup, a British A-level student from Gloucestershire, came up with the idea after a family visit to China. Beau has named more than 232,000 Chinese babies, using names such as George, William, Catherine and Susan. Join our broadcast to find out more about how Beau became an overnight success in China. 

Guest: Beau Jessup

UK Space Agency

On Tuesday 4 December 2018 SpaceX launched its Dragon cargo craft from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral on a Falcon 9 rocket. On board will be the first UK-led experiment to head to the International Space Station, which uses worms to look at muscle loss in space and could lead to new treatments for muscular conditions for people on Earth. Join our guest Libby Jackson, Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager at the UK Space Agency to learn about this exciting scientific programme. 

Guest: Libby Jackson

The Blair Project

Nile is the founder and CEO of The Blair Project, a disruptive social enterprise that exists to inspire the next generation of high tech engineers through electric karting and digital manufacturing & design project based activities. Nile created, developed and secured funding support for an exciting STEM education programme called the ProtoEV Challenge where student/apprenticeship teams aged 15-18 convert used petrol go-karts into fully electric e-karts which they test and race to see which is the fastest and most energy efficient. 

Guest: Nile Henry

Astronaut in Training

Alyssa Carson, 17, is currently training to become an astronaut and could be the perfect age when NASA’s first manned mission to Mars takes place in 2033. Alyssa is the first person to attend all three NASA Space Camps in the world. In January 2013, NASA invited her to be on the MER 10 panel in Washington DC to discuss future missions to Mars live on NASA TV. She was later selected as one of seven ambassadors representing Mars One,  a mission to establish a human colony on Mars in 2030.  In October of 2016 Alyssa was the youngest to be accepted and graduate the Advanced Possum Academy, officially making her certified to go to space and an astronaut trainee.

Guest: Alyssa Carson

Augmented Reality Bots

SwapBots are collectible toys that use augmented reality to create a spectacular, interactive video game world around a physical toy. By swapping pieces of the SwapBots, the player can influence in-game attributes. The player simply points their phone or tablet at the SwapBot toy to see it come to life as the digital animation is overlaid onto it.

Launched in early 2017, SwapBots is part of SOSV’s HAX Boost Accelerator in San Francisco. SwapBots is a recipient of UK Games Fund support and a winner of Tech North’s Northern Stars award for UK startups.

Tespack – The Future of Energy

Battery power. We almost can’t imagine living without it. It allows us to use our electronics while we travel. While commuting, on holiday or even during extreme outdoor adventures. Unfortunately, this energy isn’t everlasting and often limits us from going where we want to and doing what we really want to do. Finnish company Tespack has been recognised as the Best Energy Startup in Europe by the European Parliament and the European Commission at the Startup EU Awards. Tespack‘s winning idea makes energy mobile by fitting smart wearables with charging technology that collect energy to charge batteries with.

Guest: Caritta Seppa

The Future is Within Reach

Reach Robotics are innovators, creators, roboticists and entertainers. A passionate team driven by a creative yearning to entertain, inspire and educate. The robots created by Reach Robotics are more than connected toys, they are consistently evolving entertainment platforms. Reach Robotics flagship product, MekaMon, has propelled them to the forefront of consumer robotics and their products continue to evolve to ensure the future is always within reach.
Guest: Chris Beck 

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Steam School will be celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week with a bumper set of guests including:

Brad Frankel – Flooglebinder

Brad is a marine biologist and sustainable tourism entrepreneur. Flooglebinder aims to inspire young people to become changemakers and future leaders through a range of educational programmes underpinned by the  United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Flooglebinder’s  goal is to protect endangered habitats and threatened species, whilst educating people about different cultures, communities and global issues. 

Morgan Spence – Morgan Spence Productions

Morgan Spence began creating animations at the age of 12 for a school project. Since combining his love of photography and Lego, the process of stop-motion or ‘Brick Filming’ was born. Now 17, Morgan’s hobby has developed into a business, creating commissions for Lego animations for the International Red Cross, Dutch Music label Armada and Lego artist Warren Elsmore. His work has also caught the attention of US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, where his film Brick Flicks was showcased live on his show. To date Morgan’s productions have been viewed by 25 million people online.

Louise Leolin – Dinobytes

Founder of DinoByte Labs, Louise Leolin has developed a London-based indie games company, which creates exciting games with gamers as their focus. Inspired by her time at the University of East London, DinoByte Labs is designed to encourage more females to work in the UK games industry. DinoByte Labs. Last year DinoByte Labs successfully financed their first mobile video game Midli via a crowdfunding Kickstarter campaign. 

Hoversurf – The Future of Air Transportation

Hoversurf, based in Silicon Valley is passionate about creating the world’s first eco-friendly, technologically-advanced and safe platform for the future of air transportation. Hoverbike HOVER ONE is an extreme sports machine for those who are not afraid of height and speed. The layout of HOVER ONE is like of an ordinary motorcycle, but it can fly! Imagine – you can store it at home or in the garage, available anytime you want to use it.

Guest: Jo Segura-Conn

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is an organization that works with communities to help them find an engineering solution that addresses their needs. Right now, there are about 15,000 volunteers working for EWB, and they work for long-term sustainability in developing areas. They travel to places where engineering projects are needed and institute solutions for the problems that people are facing.

Guest: Kate Cresswell Maynard

The Future of Home Robotics

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Misty Robotics, Inc. builds personal robots for developers, entrepreneurs, students, and makers for use in homes and offices. Its personal robots are designed to be friends, teammates, and part of the family. Misty Robotics is founded by inventor, Ian Bernstein who previously created the Sphero (Play Robot) and BB-8 the lovable, remote-controlled robot modeled after the one that starred in Star Wars, which became among the highest selling robots in the world.

Guest: Ian Bernstein

Great Pacific Plastics Cleanup

Emily is a skipper, ocean advocate and artist dedicated to studying environmental challenges in the most remote parts of our planet. She is an international public speaker and advisor on issues relating to our ocean and future society. Emily Penn leads an all-women expedition sailing crew through the Pacific Ocean on a mission to tackle the plastic pollution that is choking marine environments, killing animals and even threatening human health.

Guest: Emily Penn- eXXpedition

Making it Loud – Be a STEAM Superhero

Jay Flores has a mission: Instill a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in young students by making STEM exciting. The power of STEM, Jay advocates, can help young girls and boys become super heroes, solve large and small problems, and contribute their best ideas to improve our planet. As the Rockwell Automation STEM Ambassador, Jay knows just how important STEM is to the future of the company and the world. He is spreading the word through his energizing presentations and outreaches to schools, community groups, and industry experts. Skillful in connecting STEM to everyday life, his focus is to encourage and motivate STEM students to become the innovators of tomorrow.

Guest: Jay Flores – Rockwell Automation

World Space Week

Steam School will be celebrating World Space Week with a bumper set of guests including:

Dr Jaclyn Bell – Space Exploration

In 2017 Jaclyn took part in the BBC Science production ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?’.  For this she was selected from over 3,000 applicants to take part and to undertake tests similar to those used in the astronaut selection process at major space agencies.  Jaclyn has a keen interest in science, particle physics, space and engineering with a huge passion for communicating science and inspiring more young people to get into STEM subjects. Jaclyn regularly presents at national STEM events and is currently Chair of the British Science Association Bristol and Bath branch.

Miles Carden – Spaceport Cornwall

Spaceport Cornwall will be a horizontal space launch site at Cornwall Airport Newquay on the north coast of Cornwall in South West England. It will be delivered through a Spaceport license, a partnership with a commercial operator and related infrastructure to safely operate aircraft systems that intend to take or launch items (and in time, people) into Space. Spaceport Cornwall is a  between Cornwall Council and the commercial operator launch partner Virgin Orbit, co-located at Cornwall Airport Newquay.

Joseph Vick – SpaceCamp USA

Launched in 1982, Space Camp has inspired and motivated young people from around the USA, and later the world, with attendees from all 50 states, U.S. territories and more than 60 foreign countries. Based at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, trainees have an unparalleled environment to spur imagination while being surrounded by space, aviation and defense artifacts. Space Camp challenges trainees to transcend from “What if?” to “Can do!” Space Camp alumni include NASA and ESA astronauts, engineers, scientists and technologists.

HyperLoop – The Future of Transport

Hyperloop is Elon Musk’s concept for the future of mass transportation. The concept would see electrically propelled pods travel autonomously through a near-vacuum tube. HYPED is a student society at the University of Edinburgh dedicated to accelerating the development of Hyperloop and implementing the technology in the UK. HYPED is advancing both technical and commercial development of Hyperloop, having seen success in two international competitions including SpaceX finalists and  Virgin One Hyperloop winners in 2018.

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