Brighton Science Festival runs from 6 Feb to 2 March 2014 at a variety of locations across Sussex and CHI+MED is taking part at the ‘Bright Sparks Saturday‘ event, this Saturday (15 February 2014), at Hove Park Upper School.
Human brains are good at lots of things but bad at others. We’ll have some fun with human error, demonstrate some magic tricks and show you how psychology and computer science can help doctors and nurses save lives.
– See more at: http://www.brightonscience.com/2014/events/bright-sparks-sat/
Location and timing (map & ticket information below)
Hove Park Upper School, Nevill Road, Hove BN3 7BN
Saturday 15 February, 10.00am – 5.00pm
See more at: http://www.brightonscience.com/2014/events/bright-sparks-sat/
We’ll be bringing our clock radios to see if anyone can work out how to set the alarm on them (it should be easy… shouldn’t it?!) and to encourage our visitors to think about the design of the items we use every day.
Good design can make something easier to do (and bad design can make it much harder) and we’ll show you how magicians design their tricks to fool an audience.
CHI+MED’s research is about looking at ways of making interactive medical devices (like chemotherapy infusion pumps) safer to use. Magicians design their tricks to make audiences miss something, but medical devices designers need to do the opposite – make it very easy for nurses and doctors to spot an error and fix it before it causes harm.
One of the things we’re interested in is how easy it is to enter the dose of the drug quickly and correctly into a medical device and we’ve a new ‘number racing’ game for visitors to try out – come and help us test it.
We’ll also have – hot off the presses – some copies of the latest ‘CHI+MED special’ edition of the cs4fn (Computer Science For Fun) to give away. The free magazine explains how computer scientists and other scientists and researchers study the ways in which people use and interact with medical machines, and how this knowledge might help make these devices even safer to use in hospitals.
Map and ticket information
Tickets £5, £16 for family ticket (2 adults, 2 children). Recommended age 7-14. Available online or on the door. Advanced booking recommended. FREE for under 7s. Compass and Carers Card holders are FREE (presentation of card required).