A new science college for Cambridge – 105science

Cambridge’s newest secondary school will open and start teaching in 2014. Called University Technical College – Cambridge, it will specialise in biomedical and environmental science and technology. The UTC is a state funded school open to students with a flair for science. Today’s show has an exclusive interview with acting principal, Melanie Radford telling us about the school’s innovative curriculum.

The new school will draw its teaching from science led by top name partners and research institutes locally. The £10 million UTC is being built on the edge of the Biomedical Campus in Robinson Way near Addenbrookes Hospital. Analogous to a USA high school, students will start aged fourteen – that’s year 10 or the start of GCSE  or the fourth form if you still think in old money. As they start up, they’ll take just 14 years old students and they will stay to 18 years finishing with A level or the more vocational BTEC qualification, ready for University or a science job. School open days are on the morning of 8th March and 24th May 2014 at the Addenbrooke’s Deakin Centre. For more information on UTC Cambridge, see www.utccambridge.co.uk.

Welcome to the fiftieth Science Show on Cambridge 105!

Fact or fiction?

People need to eat different foods depending on their blood group  – listen in to hear that the hypothesis in the extremely popular book “Eat Right for your Type” (1990) has been discredited.

Are we able to measure the mass of objects as small as a virus or a cell nucleus?  Hear how a new design of sensor chip is making this possible.

What’s on

Food For a Greener Future Conference by Cambridge Carbon Footprint Saturday 08 February 2014, 10:00-18:30 Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street.

●  What do we mean by sustainable food?  – Jess Halliday, City University London
●  Food sovereignty and the fight to reclaim the food system – Dan Iles, World Development Movement
●  Sustainable food projects in the UK – Duncan Williamson, of WWF UK
●  Scotland’s Local Food Revolution – Mike Small of The Fife Diet
●  Workshops More info at www.foodforagreenerfuture.org http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/50022

Electronics from Molecules Wednesday 05 February 2014, 21:00-22:00 Nihon Room, Pembroke College. Richard Friend will take us from research on plastic semiconductors and quantum mechanics through to their commercialisation http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/49951

Nanotechnology in healthcare: turning science fiction into science fact – Dr Luis Garcia-Gancedo, Electrical Engineering, University of Cambridge Friday 31 January 2014, 6:15 PM Seminar Room, Wolfson College. Nanotechnology has a role to play in the development of healthcare tools. http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/49551

When is a controlled experiment not a controlled experiment? Tuesday 28 January 2014, 21:00-21:30, Senior Parlour, Gonville & Caius College. Richard Jennings will discuss the controversy over the safety of GM foods http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/48676

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