Family Xmas Talk - Saving lives at sea. The science behind the shout.

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12 December 2017 19:00 - 21:00
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 Saving lives at sea: The science behind the shout

Join us for an interactive family-friendly evening of fun, facts and physics about lifeboats and the incredible work carried out by the men and women of the RNLI

Come and join us at this fun and interactive talk where you’ll learn about how lifeboats are designed to withstand the worst conditions the sea can throw at them as well as the equipment that lifeboat crews use to protect them from the elements . Take part in experiments and explore the science, engineering and technology behind the equipment used by the volunteers in the BBC’s Saving Lives at Sea TV programme.

Presenter and speaker

on service at a number of lifeboat stations in the South West, including Exmouth and Ilfracombe. He is now Engineering Director and Chief Engineer at SC Group/Supacat, who design and build specialist high mobility vehicles for the armed forces, energy and emergency services customers, including the RNLI. Steve is passionate about bringing science, technology, engineering and maths to life through exciting and easy to understand real world examples. He has helped to organise a number of Big Bang Science Fair exhibits.



Steve Austen was Head of Engineering at the RNLI, where he worked for 15 years on the design and support of a range of projects, including the new Shannon Class lifeboat and associated launching system .He is now Engineering Director and Chief Engineer at SC Group/Supacat.


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Exeter University
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