Public Engagement Grants awarded to Leicester Physics Researcher to Develop Educational Technology

Posted by jodw1 at Nov 07, 2019 10:04 AM |
Dr Jamie Williams has been awarded Public Engagement awards from the Institute of Physics and the Science and Technology Facilities Council to develop Educational Technology
Public Engagement Grants awarded to Leicester Physics Researcher to Develop Educational Technology

RadEOT (Radio Educational Outreach Tool) is an open source technology based on a Raspberry Pi.

Dr Jamie Williams from the Space Research Centre in the School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded an IOP Public Engagement award and a Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Spark Award to develop a total of 27 purpose built handheld scientific tools for education. Each educational unit, called RadEOT (Radio Educational Outreach Tool), is an open source technology using commercial off the shelf components and based on a Raspberry Pi. It has been developed in the School of Physics and Astronomy with the help of undergraduate and SURE project students and Research Assistants. Each RadEOT unit uses Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology to acquire and process freely available radio data from a variety of sources, including local and national radio, aircraft transponders, the Milky Way galaxy and weather satellites. Data from each source is then utilised within a custom open-source graphic user interface (GUI) through educational tasks linked to Physics, Mathematics, Geography and Computer Science.

 

Each of the units was co-designed in collaboration with three partner organisations. Working in collaboration with The Skill Mill, a department at Northdale Horticulture in Northallerton, North Yorkshire that focusses on mental health rehabilitation, the Institute of Physics award will see 5 RadEOT units deployed from December 2019 to improve the educational opportunities of those recovering from mental health problems through the use of novel technology. Meanwhile, the STFC Spark award will see 11 units deployed with partners at the National Space Academy in Leicester and Formby High School in Southport, Merseyside to improve educational attainment and STEM opportunities.

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