'How to hack your home' CHRISTMAS LECTURES on tour

The Royal Institution and the Royal Academy of Engineering are taking the 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES on the road with the launch of a tour of 'How to hack your home'.

  • Danielle George presented the 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

    Credit: Paul Wilkinson

Audiences across the UK will be encouraged to join a revolution in invention as part of a tour of live shows presented by electrical engineer Danielle George and inspired by the 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES 'Sparks will fly: How to hack your home'. The shows will be produced by the Royal Institution, supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

In a fast-paced, interactive show, Danielle will inspire audiences to use the sparks of their imagination to change the world, just like the many great inventors and engineers from our past and present. Using live demos and experiments, she will explain how to take control of the devices we use every day and adapt and transform them to do extraordinary things. This is tinkering for the 21st century!

Danielle said: “Today’s generation of young people are in a truly unique position. The technology we use and depend on every day is expanding and developing at a phenomenal rate and so our society has never been more equipped to be creative and innovative. I want young people across the country to realise that that they have the power to change the world right from their bedroom, kitchen table or garden shed."

Gail Cardew, Professor of Science, Culture and Society said: "The Ri is always looking for new ways to engage more people, young and old, with the science behind the CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

“Our aim with our 2014 series 'Sparks will fly: How to hack your home' was to bring to life the incredible ingenuity, innovation and creativity of engineering. I'm delighted that even more children and families around the country will have the chance to see engineering in action as part of a live show in their hometown."

Tour details

Every date of the tour includes a lunchtime show school groups and an evening show for the general public.

Friday 3 February 2017 – Salford
The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Schools show, 1.30pm - this show is free for school groups and teachers. 
Family show, 6.30pm

Monday 13 March 2017 – Cardiff
Reardon Smith Theatre, National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP, Wales
Schools show, 1.30pm - this show is free for school groups and teachers
Family show, 6.30pm

About Danielle George

Danielle was the presenter of the 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES 'Sparks will fly: How to hack your home'. She is the 2016 President of the Association for Science Education, and in June she was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours and the Rooke Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering for her contribution to engineering through public engagement.

In her academic and research role, she is a Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering and Vice Dean of Teaching and Learning at the University of Manchester. She completed her BSc in Astrophysics, MSc in Radio Astronomy at The Victoria University of Manchester based at Jodrell Bank Observatory, and her PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with UMIST.

Follow her @EngineerDG.

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