FlashyScience first came into being during a tea-break conversation we were having about how virtual experiments could enable students to discover and experience or themselves.
‘We might be onto something here’, we thought, as we polished off the last custard cream. And so, fully refreshed, we set about developing a couple of virtual experiments in Flash (hence the name), and with some tweaks and testing, we found that students learned quickly and loved the approach.
And then we had to rethink as Flash became unsupported by many browsers and platforms. Undeterred, we rewrote the simulations in HTML5, but retained the FlashyScience name - ‘HTLM5yScience’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
Our website was launched in December 2017, and we continue to develop new virtual experiments to upload.
We hope you enjoy FlashyScience, and we’d love to hear your feedback.
Dr Julian Dean & Professor Dan Allwood
Dr Julian Dean and Professor Dan Allwood are academics in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield in the UK. They teach undergraduate and postgraduate students alongside running their own research groups.
Their research into materials for novel computer and energy technologies sees Julian using computer modelling to understand and improve electroceramic and magnetic materials, and Dan performing experiments with magnetic materials, nanotechnology and optics. They also run a number of outreach projects with school students, including creating a virtual reality Material Science experience, giving interactive talks and involving school students in their research.
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