Glasgow Science Festival: SCOPE for Science

In today’s blog, we interview ‘SCOPE’, who are bringing hands-on science fun to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum at this year’s Glasgow Science Festival.


1. Who are you and what do you do?

SCOPE (the University of Strathclyde’s Student Community for Optics, Physics, and Engineering) is a student body headed by a committee of eight members (all postgraduate students) and an academic advisor. We run a range of activities for the benefit of the student and wider research community, including participating in outreach events, organising company visits and career/networking events, running a physics journal club, and social gatherings.

2. What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?

We have been taking part in the Glasgow Science Festival for several years now, and we are always enthusiastic about outreach activities.

The Glasgow Science Festival brings families closer to science, inspiring the younger generation about how exciting science can be, and we are glad to be part of it.

3. Why should we come to your event?

Our activity this year is called ‘Catching Waves: Surfing on Light’. We want attendees to learn and explore waves, the properties of light, and its characteristics and applications.

Are you ready to become a light surfer and start your career in physics?

4. This year’s festival theme is ‘Glasgow Explores’. Where would you like to explore?

We’d like to explore… light! The goal of our show is to cover the key features and properties of light and their applications. Also, we will include several devices (polarizers, prismas, colours, 3D glasses..), each illustrating different phenomena, like polarisation, interference, diffraction and scattering. We will intend to cover also information about new technologies based on waves, specially on light.

5. What’s the best thing about being a scientist or engineer?

To learn more every day about the world around us, it is a never-ending process!

Join the SCOPE team at Glasgow Explores at Kelvingrove on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. For more details, visit the website.


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