This month we escaped the Summer rain with an evening with Melinda and Trent Burton, some of the brains behind the Cosmic Shambles Network. The evening started with journey through the Science Museum with both felt and flesh versions Prof. Brian Cox and Robin Ince, as they search for Brian’s ‘Wonder’ in web series The Quest for Wonder.
We chatted with Melinda and Trent about trying to use entertainment as a way to communicate science in an enjoyable, accessible way. One of their main aims is to bridge the gap between art and science through podcasts (there were some Book Shambles listeners present), films, and live events. If you’re feeling curious amongst the shambles is something for everyone, and it’s all free. Fans can show their support by donating, going to their live events and spreading the curiosity!
As usual we relieved our members of their spare change and held a raffle in support of our nominated local charity Ella’s Home.
The second half of the meeting challenged us all in the art of deciphering instruction manuals as we built mini spider robots. The concentration (or frustration) was palpable in the room. Not everyone survived, it was the end of a long day afterall! Newcomer Molly however rose to the challenge as the first to complete her fully working robot spider.