Basildon Street Science 2019

The Basildon Street Science Festival 2019 took place on Saturday the 13th of July in the heart of Basildon’s town centre

The event brought together scientists, school STEM clubs, and STEM-based organisations in the area to provide a number of hands-on activities.

Several local radio amateurs are STEM Ambassadors, and thanks to Essex STEM coordinator Peter Sutton, we able to put on some amateur radio activities to support the event. Here is a short video of the event:

Basildon Street Science 2019 video

Essex Ham ran a local 2m station, plus some Raspberry Pi and Arduino demos with help from Andrew from Hamtronics.uk

Dorothy M0LMR on-air from Basildon
Dorothy M0LMR on-air from Basildon Town Centre
Essex Ham and Hamtronics.UK demos
Essex Ham and Hamtronics.UK demos

During the day, we had two special guests who had their first try on amateur radio: David Burton-Sampson, Mayor of Basildon Borough (who worked his first pile-up), as well as local MP Stephen Metcalfe

Mayor On The Air: David Burton-Sampson, Mayor of Basildon Borough
Mayor On The Air: David Burton-Sampson, Mayor of Basildon Borough
Stephen Metcalfe MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock , on-air supported by Dorothy M0LMR
Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock , on-air supported by Dorothy M0LMR

Our team of radio amateurs were sited alongside some radio professionals, who had a quick to see what our signal looked like. We passed.

dBD Communications checking our RF was being well-behaved!
dBD Communications checking our RF was being well-behaved!

DBD Communications has an interesting practical: Allowing membner youngsters to guide them using radio commands – an idea we might “borrow” for future amateur radio demonstrations!

dBD Communications demo
dBD Communications demo

A great day, with lots of interest in radio and all things STEM. Thansk to everyone who came along to help with the event, or who worked us on-air.

Essex Ham Supporting the Basildon Science Street Festival
Essex Ham Supporting the Basildon Science Street Festival

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