Essex Company's Robotic Mapping Boat Completes Three Week Mission

Essex Company's Robotic Mapping Boat Completes Three Week Mission

From their base in Tollesbury, SEA-KIT International have successfully controlled their uncrewed surface vessel (USV) Maxlimer on a 22 day mapping voyage in the Atlantic Ocean. Using a multi beam ultrasonic sounder, the vessel mapped around 1000 km² of continental shelf to a depth of up to 1 km.

Maxlimer is a demonstration of over 'Over-the-horizon' control technology with the aim of showing that it is safe and practical. The boat was connected to the Tollesbury base via satellite where operators could see images from onboard cameras, listen in to its surroundings and access data from thermal imaging cameras and radar. The vessel was initially developed for the Shell Ocean Discovery X-Prize which it went on to win.

More information can be found on the article from BBC news here. A talk from Ben Simpson, managing director of SEA-KIT and original designer of the vessel gave a talk for CSES in early January 2019 when the craft was competing in the Shell X-Prize Competition.

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Echoes from Essex / Minerva Scientifica

Showcasing women in STEM and engaging children through music and song

Echoes from Essex: Soundings from Essex

Are you interested in learning more about incredible local women from the past and present working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine industries? Chelmsford Theatres have teamed up with Electric Voice Theatre to bring you eight FREE weekly sessions with historian Dr Fara and a modern-day scientist, starting from Monday 27 July.

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Chelmsford Essex2020 Artist Commission: Calls for Proposals

Essex Cultural Diversity Project has teamed up with Chelmsford City Council, to create an opportunity for artists to creatively respond to the rich story of Chelmsford as a city and district, its heritage and ambitions for the future.

A key aim of this place-based commission is to celebrate diversity, as well as harness and explore digital innovation as part of Essex2020 – Year of Science and Creativity. We are particularly interested in looking at Chelmsford’s rivers and waterways; how they connect people and places, and form an integral part of the area’s environment and cultural, agricultural and industrial history.

UPDATE: We are delighted to announce that artist Sian Fan has been appointed for the Chelmsford & Essex2020 Artist Commission, a partnership between Chelmsford City Council and Essex Cultural Diversity Project.

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Centenary Photographic Competition

STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, MathematicsDeadline extended until 31 October!

For our centenary year, 2020, we have worked with Essex County Council and Chelmsford City Council to celebrate Essex 2020 – a year of Science and Creativity – with hundreds of events being organised by a range of organisations and people.

This county-wide STEAM festival is putting the creative arts into STEM, and as part of this CSES is running a Centenary Photographic Competition open to primary and secondary students in Essex.

A visual celebration of Science and Engineering in Essex

Centenary Photographic CompetitionWe want you to take and submit photographs which capture what is unique or special about science and technology from across our amazing county. From the longest pier in the world and the birthplace of radio, to Nobel prize winners, companies that put image sensors into space and much, much more...

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Imagine! STEM @ Home

Imagine! STEM @ Home

A DIY Imagine! STEM competition during lockdown

We are pleased to publish our Imagine! masterclasses for Essex 2020 online.

Go to our resources section to find out more.

Bridge building competition

The CSES Build a Bridge Competition is now closed and we thank all those who made the effort and took the time to submit an entry. With entries across a very wide age range, judging proved to be very difficult, but the quality of effort throughout and ingenuity applied to the challenge by everyone has been beyond our imagination! Well done to all participants.

Bridge building competition winners announced

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

We know that CSES events matter to our members, and that it is especially important to keep our community alive and connected during these unusual times.

We are therefore moving many of our planned events to a virtual setting, and will reschedule the remainder. Our partner organisations are doing the same.

Please keep an eye on the events section for the revised programme. Members who are subscribed to email updates will continue to receive these as usual.

If you have any queries, please do get in touch via the usual channels. All administrative operations continue as normal and the committee is continuing to hold its monthly meetings virtually.

Thank you for your understanding and best wishes for the coming months. Stay safe!

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Essex 2020 Podcast: Marconi and The Making Of Chelmsford

Essex 2020 Podcast: Marconi and The Making Of Chelmsford

Featuring Chris Neale and Alan Pamphilon (CSES and Chelmsford Civic Society)

Listen to the podcast on the Essex 2020 website here

CSES and Chelmsford Civic Society have recorded a podcast for Essex 2020, part of a series which goes behind the scenes of the UK's biggest celebration of science and creativity. In each episode, Essex 2020 project director Richard Freeman meets some of the brilliant people and organisations who are working to create, inspire and discover Essex's past, present and future.

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CSES Schools' Competition 2020

Due to the COVID-19 situation we will unfortunately be unable to hold the CSES Schools' Competition this year.

If you were thinking of entering, we will gladly allow entries from this year to be presented next year. We'll announce the details once confirmed.

Thank you for your understanding, and the very best wishes for the coming months. Stay safe!

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20 surprsing and inspiring inventions from Essex

20 surprising and inspiring inventions from Essex

Essex 2020 is officially launched with address from CSES

At the Essex 2020 launch event, held at Teledyne e2v on 20 January 2020, CSES Vice President Adam Wood talked about 20 surprising and inspiring inventions from Essex.

As well as the big names there are some things that you may not know came from Essex, and we are pleased to promote these in collaboration with Essex 2020 and BBC Essex. The diversity and significance of these, and other, inventions from our county is truly both surprising and inspiring!

Read on to be fascinated by the list of 20 inventions. If you know of any others, please tell us as we are collecting a catalogue of Essex inventions throughout 2020.

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