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It's a goal: Football engineering

It's a Goal: Football Engineering

Have you ever watched a game of your favourite sport and thought your team deserved to win? Maybe it was a football goal from the other team that from your angle looked like it was offside. Or maybe the whistle blew just as a goal went in and you think they should have counted it!

No matter what the sport there are winners and losers – but how can we make sure referees and umpires make the right decisions? How can we be sure the ball went over the line – or didn’t? 

In this episode we talk to Michael Davis, a data analyst at Leicester City Football Club to talk about what his job involves and what technology and engineering is being used in football from heart rate monitors to GPS trackers.

Mind-blowing neuroscience

Mind-blowing neuroscience

Neuroscience is the study of the brain and the nervous system. Where do engineers come in? Well, neuroscientists are using technology, designed by engineers, to treat patients with paralysis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other illnesses.

Think of our brains as roads in a city carrying signals to different parts of the body, for example from our brain to our legs to tell them to move. When one of the roads are damaged, it means that these signals aren’t carried to the right place. We spoke to Professor Grégoire Courtine, a neuroscientist, who talks about his latest work using technology to help paralysed people walk.

Amazing algorithms

Amazing algorithms

Whether we are working, having fun, or resting, nearly every aspect of our lives involves computer programmes. From the games and apps we download, to the technology in our cars, computer programmes keep us connected to the environment around us.

In this podcast we talk to Sukanya Ghosh, whose work involves algorithms.

What are algorithms? They are a set of steps a program will go through to deliver an outcome. In our digital world for example, search engines use algorithms to learn about what we like and tailor results to our preferences, but this is not always to our benefit.

Listen to the episode to learn more about algorithms and how programmers are making algorithms smarter. 

Awesome audio

Awesome audio

Whether it is a ticking clock, voices, music, or traffic from our roads, we are surrounding by sound that we give little thought to. But did you know there is a whole sphere of engineering that thinks of nothing else?

In this episode we talk to Jake Sewell, a sound engineer, who tells us a bit more about the different roles in the music industry, including recording, producing and mixing.

Listen to learn more about how sound behaves, anechoic chambers, getting into this field of engineering and more!

Drones

Drones

These remote-controlled fan-powered aerodynamic flyers are very popular around the world, but they are not just fun to play with, they are being used in all sorts of ways.

To find out more we talked to Joe Gibson, who designs new drone technology, to find out what it is that makes them so useful!

Smart cities

Smart cities

One of the great things about engineering is that it's not confined to diagrams and laboratories, it’s all around us, in our homes, towns and cities.

In this podcast we talk to Larissa Suzuki to find out how engineering and technology can help improve the spaces in which we live, work and play, and how our cities are getting smarter!

Wondering what makes a city smart? Listen to the podcast to find out!

Opportunities for young people

Opportunities for young people

There are more opportunities for young people wanting to get into engineering then ever before.

In this podcast we will be checking out some exciting events that you can get involved in and talking to two engineers who have had very interesting experiences as young people, and now work at the forefront of new technology.

Medical AI

Medical AI

Medical consultants perform a vital job in our healthcare system – diagnosing diseases, such as cancer, and deciding on treatment options for each patient.

It’s a job that takes an immense amount of skill, not least as no two patients – or tumours are the same – but it’s one that is being given a massive boost by an exciting new sphere of medical engineering.

In this podcast we talk to Alyssa Randall on how computer intelligence is changing the way we will diagnose and treat patients in the future.

Cyber security

Cyber security

Cyber security is a vast underground world, and an enormous field in engineering – one where companies are in a constant race with hackers to keep us, our information and even our countries safe from attack.

We catch the latest from Adeeb who has developed a social media networking app, and worked on threat intelligence and malwear analysis. Find out the interesting facts from Adeeb as we explore more…

Manipulating materials

Manipulating materials

When you think of material, what comes to mind?

Here’s the thing – there is a sphere of engineering dedicated entirely to materials, right down to the particles of their matter to develop smart new products.

In this episode we take a look at aerogel, the lightest solid that can hold the weight of a car and we speak to Chris Bellamy about what he does with ski goggles, sewing, testing products and more!

Santa loves STEM

Santa called

Check out the latest podcast release to find out all about how he wants you to join in.

This year, Santa's STEM workshop is jam-packed with fun activities, crafts and experiments for all the family!

Listen in for a quick slice of festive spirit this December!'

Oceans

Oceans

In this episode we find out about ocean tech and spoke to Vic Grosjean.

Vic Grosjean is an ocean innovator and engineer working to develop new technologies and solve problems like detecting sharks at busy beaches before they become a danger to the community.

Vic has also developed cutting-edge technology to monitor and remove pollution from waterways and clean up our oceans.

His environmental project, ‘The Ocean CleanX’, was awarded at the United Nations in 2018 for his approach in stopping the pollution at its sources. 

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