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Invent a solution to the British summertime

Mark Champkins is looking for creative young people to improve the British summer Credit: Martin Stew/ITV London

Tired of sandy sandwiches, pesky wasps and washout school holidays? The Science Museum wants children’s help to come up with inventive solutions to some of British summer’s greatest frustrations.

It’s launched a competition for 8-16 year olds to invent new and creative products that will help us deal with whatever the summer throws at us.

Can you solve a problem we face during the summer? Credit: Martin Stew/ITV London

Science Museum inventor in residence Mark Champkins says:

“Your invention should try to solve a problem we face during the summertimein Britain. Could a picnic hamper with a pop up umbrella to shield you from anunexpected rain shower help? Or a sunshade to stop your ice-cream melting inthe sun?

To get started, think about the places you visit when you’re holidaying in Britain and the problems you may face:

  • at the seaside

  • in the countryside

  • on a long car journey

  • in a caravan

  • at home in the garden

  • camping in a tent”

The winner will receive a 3D printer worth £2,000 and see their design created for a new exhibition. Entries have to be in by midnight on Sunday 25th August.

To apply click here

The tea shop managers who played crucial part in computer revolution

Lyons Manager Alice Eleanor Bacon was one of the first to use a computer in the workplace Credit: Peter Bird

Managers of Lyon's Tea Shop who worked on the world's first computer to be used at work are being 'hunted' by the capital's Science Museum to form part of a £15.6 million multi-media display.

The display called Information Age will celebrate key developments in communication technologies over the past 200 years.

The Lyons Electronic Office (LEO I) was created by the J Lyons and Co catering company and used in Lyons tea shops in the 1950s, playing a crucial role in developing computers in the workplace.

The museum wants to celebrate this achievement with the memories of the tea shop managers who worked with LEO I.


The hunt for 1950's tea shop staff who pioneered computers at work

The search is on for tea shop staff who took part in a pioneering project that first brought computer technology into the workplace.

This is the world's first computer Lyons Electronic Office (LEO) and covered 5,000 sq ft Credit: Science Museum

Researchers at the Science Museum are trying to trace people who worked as managers in the Lyons Tea Houses during the 1950s when the firm introduced a basic form of computer.

The computer used was a 5,000 sq ft machine called The Lyons Electronic Office (LEO), the world's first.

It was introduced in 1951 and helped staff calculate how many cakes needed baking as well as tracking orders around the country.

Once the managers have been contacted museum staff want to include their experiences in a £15.6 million gallery called Information Age. presents windfall to London's future scientists

An international singer songwriter and the Princes Trust came together today, to find the capital's future science stars.

The self-confessed techie, who's searching for the next Bill Gates, has brought that search to London, donating half a million pounds to create science workshops for schools at the Science Museum.

Rags Martel was there:

British Summer Time ends early at The Science Museum

British Summer Time comes to an end this weekend, but one London museum has so many clocks, it's already started the laborious process of resetting them all.

The Science Museum has a gallery containing 500 timepieces, from sand-glasses to sundials, dating back hundreds of years.

Richard Horton, Conservator at the Science Museum in London turns back one of 500 time pieces. Credit: Stefan Rousseau /PA
One down, 499 to go. Credit: Stefan Rousseau /PA
Some of the old clocks require specialist skills to turn them back. Credit: Stefan Rousseau /PA
The Measuring Time gallery showcases a range of devices from sand-glasses to sundials, water clocks to wristwatches. Credit: ITN
Senior curator Andrew Nahum says the time adjustments twice a year "represent an intriguing part of national life". Credit: ITN
British Summer Time ends on Sunday. Credit: Stefan Rousseau /PA
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