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X-science

X-science

X-science is a nascent collaboration between professional robot makers, academics, scientists, hackers, artists and teachers who have the common goal of bettering the science education of school-age students across the UK. The X-science project, whose primary goal is to create low-cost laboratory equipment to be used to conduct experiments in schools, was initiated in Stoke-on-Trent by EPSRC Healthcare Technology fellow, Professor Robert Beardmore of Exeter University as part of the SASCAL initiative, a Science Excellence Partnership between Stoke-on-Trent 6th Form College, the city council and Exeter University. Spode Studio 35 will be in constant use, manned either by Kai Longshaw, a robot maker whose Stoke-based startup, Blueprint Robotics, has expertise in equipment design and manufacture, or by Dr Sam Freeman, a local sound artist who will be using the space to help local learners and teachers get hands-on with the arts of contemporary science. But expect to see Dr Carlos Reding, ERC fellow Professor Ivana Gudelj or PhD student Lisa Butt, and local teachers, in the space at any given time. The studio currently has a 3-d printer and a laser cutter, but we expect to grow the list of available equipment substantially in time.