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Last week, Tec 66 came to Sussex Coast College showcasing the brilliant Vacuum and Photonics Technology featuring leading  world renowned speakers covering organic semi-conductors which can make thin transparent indestructible OLED TV and Phone screens.

Also the remarkable Graphene which is pure carbon in the form of a very thin, nearly transparent sheet, one atom thick.  It is remarkably strong for its very low weight (100 times stronger than steel)  and it conducts heat and electricity with great efficiency.

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On a Star Wars theme the topic of Photonics into the 21st Century including the development of photonic super computers and power transmission by lasers both on earth and in space – can you imagine light being beamed down to the earth from the moon to create energy??There was also an amazing overview of Cryogenics – no, not the use of it in Demolition Man!! but the study of the production and behaviour of materials at very low temperatures (below −150 °C, −238 °F or 123 K) which is used in all manner of commercial applications.

The Keynote Speaker was Maggie Aderin-Pocock (Rocket Scientist) and Patrick Moore’s successor to TV’s Sky at Night. Maggie explains the whole subject of Space and Science in such an exciting and easy to understand way, I wish she had been my Science teacher as I feel I’ve missed out on something amazing all around us.

Maggie is working on a project to build an aircraft that can fly into space – can you imagine it! It even looks like a Star Wars x-wing fighter so maybe all the sci- fi we have watched over the years is actually not so far out after all! I remember her telling me with the brightest of eyes that there are 200 billion stars in our own galaxy and over 100 billion galaxies across the Universe.

Maggie kindly stayed the whole weekend in Hastings and presented at the Science day at Sussex Coast for up to 200 local school pupils to encourage them to consider Science & Technology careers.

Tec 66 was brilliantly Chaired by Doyen of the Industry Tim Pearce CEO of Kurt J Lesker Co Ltd based in Hastings. Kurt Lesker and local Hastings companies are already making components for the Curiosity Probe on Mars shown above and a hu

ge number of Science based projects.

The Tec 66 technology workshops were filmed on the day, so if you want to see and hear first- hand about these ground breaking science developments, please visit www.tec66.co.uk/