The Crumble at New Scientist Live

Last week saw us attend what is coined as ‘the world’s greatest science festival’. Over 40000 people attended across the four days, and made, what turned out to be an amazing show.

We had never been to, let alone exhibited at New Scientist Live (NSL) and as such, we were not sure how successful or useful the show would be. We’d ended up being at the show, after it was suggested to us that the Global STEM Award and the Crumble would fit in well. So we thought about it, and gave it a shot.

We ended up having a fantastic time, not just looking around the show, but talking to, and interacting with so many wonderful people! It’s lovely to watch children and adults alike being enticed in by a plethora of exciting Crumble activities.

UKSTEM were on the stand with us, talking about the Global STEM Award, and showing off their latest developments (which will be announced soon). For the vast majority of the show, we were swamped with people!

Mike from UKSTEM talking about the Global STEM Award

For the Crumble parts of the stand, we decided to work on making it look more exciting and fun to use. As we were in the lunar section, we went with a ‘spacey’ theme. We had two main Crumble activities – the first was to pre-program a lunar vehicle to get from one area of ‘the Moon’ – to another.

A Crumble Buildbot on our lunar surface

And the other was to recreate a light signal, which was shown to you on a matrix display. After programming a Crumble, you ‘docked’ it onto the giant matrix display to see if you had gotten the pattern correct!

Our giant Crumble Matrix

All in all, we had a brilliant time over the four days. We had many interesting conversations with people about the Crumble, our mini dataloggers and the Global STEM Award. and I definitely think that we will be exhibiting next year.

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