Latest News

The latest news from the Young Academy of Scotland

Science Questions at Westminster:Our report from Voice of the Future 2016

Five YAS members [Stella Chan, Duncan Forgan, Patrick Harkness, Neil McLennan, and Subramanian Ramamoorthy] Tuesday joined young scientists from significant UK Science organisations to question MPs about the science issues that matter to us.

At the annual Voice of the Future event, young scientists take committee seats in Westminster Room, while MPs from the Select Committee on Science and Technology take the witness seats.  This reversal of the normal select committee format aims to engage young scientists in the political process, as well as emphasising the importance of evidence-based decision making in government.

Continue reading
  1898 Hits
  0 Comments
1898 Hits
0 Comments

Young Scottish robotics champions win chance to go to USA for World LEGO Final

A team of students from West Linton Primary School in the Scottish Borders has won the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) UK and Ireland Final, which was attended by Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan. The winning team has been invited to compete in the FLL World Festival in St. Louis, USA.

The science and technology challenge, which is aimed at 9-16 year olds, tasks teams to solve real world problems with the help of a robot. This year’s challenge, which was announced across the world in August, requires young people to identify a real-world problem in the way that waste is dealt with, investigate it and come up with an innovative solution. They also had to design, build and program an autonomous LEGO MINDSTORMS robot to tackle a series of waste-related missions.

Continue reading
  1785 Hits
  0 Comments
1785 Hits
0 Comments

First Lego League Inspires 1,000 Scottish Children to Revel in Robotics

Lambda Jam and the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) have been building on the success of last year’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) to bring the enjoyment of robotics to 1,000 Scottish schoolchildren.

The young master builders and inventors have been gearing up to put their robots and ideas to the test at tournaments across the country. This is the culmination of months of engineering design, programming, and research, led mainly by teachers with mentoring from professional engineers and university academics.

Continue reading
  3742 Hits
  0 Comments
3742 Hits
0 Comments

Lego league helps inspire Scotland’s future computing stars

FLL-33web
FLL-49web

Events take place amid worries for future of computer science in Scotland’s schools and universities

Lego robots from across Scotland are limbering up to face an epic series of daunting and exhilarating challenges.

Continue reading
  2922 Hits
  0 Comments
2922 Hits
0 Comments

Our Members

Nikki Moran is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Edinburgh, with expertise in the study of music as social interaction. Her projects draw specialist music skills together with empirical methods, including both movement analysis and ethnographic fieldwork. At Edinburgh, Nikki led the development of a new undergraduate degree programme.

Latest News

18 March 2019
Alaa Hamdon welcomes the first consignment of new books from Book Aid International to Mosul Library...