Swansea Science Festival 2018

The Hydrogen Bike was at Swansea Science Fair on the 3rd and 4th October, at the National Waterfront Museum, a huge showcase of science from across Swansea University. Undergraduates and master’s students as well as staff member all contributed to the successful running of the Hydrogen Bike over the weekend.

Lots of kids hopped on the bike, donated their energy and were chuffed to see bubbles being produced and their efforts turned into a hydrogen flame.  We had conversations with people of all ages, including my favourite where one visitor said ‘I thought you would just have a digital display saying ‘This is how much hydrogen you would have produced’.  You’ve got actual hydrogen!’ Loads of good conversations about hydrogen and lots of positive impact on the concept of a hydrogen powered future.

 

HUGE thanks to Kat, Dan,  Jainaba, Joshua and Gwynfor.  they did s fantastic job and put in loads of energy and enthusiasm.

Impact

 

Your Green Future 2018 Newtown

Awesome couple of days in Newtown in Powys Wales. The Your Green Future event is an annual event looking at encouraging school goers to partake in a a STEM career and look at sustainable options for future business. We saw load of youths and spoke to many people about hydrogen and it’s possibility as an energy future.  Unfortunately we couldn’t bring the car along as it was a little out of the range to get there and back on one fill. 

We even has a visit from some of the rugby stars (Dan Lydiate and Gareth Davies) from Oil for Wales.

 

Impact:

 

OK so this was  a really good young crowd.  The overwhelming majority of students took yellow tokens indicating that there was little prior knowledge or judgement for hydrogen as an energy carrier.  Many students knew that hydrogen was a gas and that it was part of the make up of water but not many had come to a conclusion on safety.  The positive swing is clearly evident and many of the students were hugely positive e about the possibility of a hydrogen future by the end of the display. 

National Eisteddfod- 2018

The Hydrogen Bike was at The National Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay. The Eisteddfod is reportedly the largest cultural festival in Europe and is a very ‘Welsh’ event with a long history, and is based around singing, poetry and dancing competitions. The Eisteddfod is very much a family occasion and over time it has also come to include a small science village which is heavily supported by the universities.

 

The event is covered extensively by the BBC and S4C, and we managed to get one of the S4C presenters on the bike interviewing Bill.

If you follow the link and go to 08:19 you can see the interview https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p06fpqh9/eisteddfod-genedlaethol-cymru-cyfres-2018-wed-08-aug-2018-2130#subtitles are available in the bottom right hand corner.

 

HUGE thanks to Bill and Eira who attended and ran display this occasion.

 

IMPACT

Swansea Clean Air Roadshow 2018

July 28th 2018 – Central Swansea

A beautifully rain soaked day out in Swansea, with some really lovely sunny patches. Turned up with the bike and the hydrogen car and has a surprisingly good day with periods of rain huddled under my gazebo.

Had lots of really good conversations with well over 100 people though during the day so was an awesome event, though hard work on my own.  Thanks to everyone who popped by to say hello, despite the rain.

 

IMPACT

As expected from a public event in  Swansea, many yellow tokens with lots of people forming an opinion on hydrogen, be it good or bad.  A few people were not to be convinced that hydrogen was the future, and a couple (younger kids) just matched the token with their favourite colour.   Overall a pretty positive response to hydrogen with a good few red tokens ending up towards the green end suggesting a change in opinion.. 

Wales on Wheels 19/5/2018

Dr. Mike Warwick and Jon Amirmadhi took the bike to this event.

On Saturday (19-5) Jon and I attended the sixth “Wales on Wheels” event held at the Waterfront Museum in Swansea. The event showcases diverse types of historic, vintage and classic vehicles from around the country and displays them in the square. We went along with both the hydrogen bike and car and were set up outside with all the other vehicles.  Due to the nature of the event showcasing cars I was expecting people to be sceptical of the idea of hydrogen being the fuel of the future. However, the response was positive overall with many people commentating that this is what cars should be aiming at becoming and all very interested to look under the car bonnet and see the hydrogen fuel cell. It was an amazing day (helped by the beautiful sunshine) and lead to some interesting conversations with real car enthusiasts.

HUGE Thanks to MIKE and JON for taking the bike to this event.


Conversations = 60

Bike interactions = 20

Impact: 

Lot of people came to see the hydrogen car so many green tokens given out with people who like the idea of hydrogen in cars. The expected green skew is present as always with 16 people who before had no opinion about hydrogen now having a positive concept.  Of the three red tokens given, one remained unconvinced however the other two ha a more positive opinion of hydrogen after the event. 

Pint of Science 15/5/2018

So I was asked to give a talk at the Pint Of Science event in Swansea which was a really interesting and different approach to TheHydrogenBike as an outreach project.  This was the first time that I had delivered a formal (ish) talk as opposed to a crowd coming to visit. 30 minute time slot called

“A Pint of Hydrogen”

The event went really well, the lights went off for the fuel cell to kick in and turn on the LED’s which worked really well and with volunteers all through the talk jumping on and off the bike we had loads of hydrogen to light the flame. Big thanks to Isaac and Harvey who gave up the night before their third year vivas to come and be my glamorous assistants, handing out tokens, helping people on and off the bike and keeping me to time.  Huge thanks also to everyone from the Pint of Science crew who helped me to tidy up as well.

Impact: 

Conversations – 54

Bike Interactions – 8 

Analysis: The Impact tubes were left out for the rest of the evening so this was an event where there was no pressure on the respondents to go in any particular direction (unlike many of the events where you walk the respondent over to the tubes and watch as they make their choice). This was however a tough crowd.  The majority of the crowd were scientists from in and around my research area (ESRI and SPECIFIC) resulting in a disproportionate number of people already having a positive opinion on hydrogen and therefore  receiving  Green (Blue)  tokens. Many of these know lots but work in competing fields and theretofore while positive (in the green smileys) are not overly sold on the idea.  Overall there was a Green Skew meaning that everyone is positive which is great. 11 people who didn’t have an opinion previously now feel good about hydrogen.  I’m especially happy with the two red tokens becoming green smileys indicating the 2 people who disliked hydrogen changed their opinion.  With 54 in the audience and 40 tickets sold for the event, I can only  guess there were some people who loved the display so much that they took their tokens home with them!!!

 

Jamberi – 28-4-2018

Saturday the 28th April we attended the Jamberi Festival in Swansea and were based in the TechHub.

We had a quiet day but managed to test out our new 5 point smiley system to measure impact.  Results are shown below.

Big thanks to my team who turned out to help. We even had a couple of third year students helping out the PhD students with the outreach, which was lovely to see.  Great also to see the new red T-Shirts.  

 

Conversations – 67

Bike Interactions – 40 

Interpretation of the Impact:

Bar graph: A large skew in the results towards the green end of the smileys indicate a generally positive attitude towards hydrogen  and its’s future use after the event.  As expected the large majority of people without prior opinion, (Yellow tokens)  were persuaded that hydrogen was a positive thing overall.  1 yellow token was placed in the red indicating a decision that hydrogen is not good however this is mitigated by the fact that this small child just liked the colour red the best and didn’t quite get the concept.  With a bigger sample pool of people these errors would be diluted.. 

Pie charts: Good positive impact from the red tokens, even though it was just 3 people.  All raised their opinion of hydrogen technologies and it’s use as the future energy carrier. The yellow tokens which inevitably were the largest group showed quite a very significant move away from the yellow smiley indicating that everyone had an opinion post event which is good impact. this was massively positive towards hydrogen.  The 4 people who knew about and liked hydrogen didn’t change their opinion as a result of the event. 

 

Note: for those of you reading this after attending the event the actual tokens used on the day were pink, grey and blue.  These correspond to the data for the yellow, red and green. 

Super Science Saturday

10-3-2018    Oriel Science and the National Waterfront Museum

Awesome day out at the Super Science Saturday event in the National Water Front Museum in Swansea. The total door figure for the day was 1,987 visitors, an increase of 96% from “Super Science Saturday” in March 2017.  We had more than 454 conversations involving 192 people on the bike and in addition showed 35 people around the new Hydrogen car. 

Swansea Science Fair

8th - 10th September

Amazing few days at the National Waterfront Museum.  This is going to turn into an annual event so if you missed us do look out for us and far more next year.

Set-up was on Friday with loads of people coming by.  Saturday was run by Rob and Bill seeing thousands of people and having the busiest day ever at the museum.  Sunday I was back with Bill.

 

This photo kind of sums up the day so it was hugely successful.

 

We ran out of space in the token smiley counter so had to empty it halfway through the event.

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A couple of additions to the setup saw the hydrogen fuel cell operating.  This was amazing as it had the LED's under the water column operating from the hydrogen itself, rather than a battery.   We also saw the electrolyser moved out from under the table onto its own little table.